Hero of Sustainability
At the age of 15, Greta Thunberg launched a campaign later known as ‘Climate Strike’ by skipping school on Fridays to protest outside the Swedish parliament about the lack of action on climate change.
Her activism quickly caught people’s attention and in September of 2019 millions of people took to the streets in cities across the world to support her cause.
Greta Thunberg: Time Magazine Person of Year 2019
In 2019, Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swede who inspired millions of young people to take action against climate change, was named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year. She is the youngest ever recipient of this award.
“In the 16 months since (her protests began), she has addressed heads of state at the U.N., met with the Pope, sparred with the President of the United States and inspired 4 million people to join the global climate strike,” Time magazine said.
How dare you?
Greta does not enjoy the limelight and yet she uses every opportunity to ask the hard questions of governments around the world. During a speech at the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit she angrily stated:
“This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean, yet you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you?” she told delegates. “You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.”
Greta reluctantly but uncompromisingly became the face of the youth climate change activist movement demanding that we act immediately to solve the climate crisis.
She has continued her climate change activism and has attended and often spoken at many summits, conferences and demonstrations against climate change.
She is an inspiration to all people across the world who want action on climate change.