History's HEROES? Dated 2003 -

Greta Thurnberg

Created by

Leygues Couffignal VL

Location

Sweden
She was born in Sweden

Achievements

  • November 2018 School Strike for the Climate in Stockholm
  • Youth movement, outspoken climate activist
  • 15 March 2019, 1.4 million students in 112 countries around the world joined her call
  • March 2019 was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize
  • received various prizes and awards for her activism
  • She has taken part in many demonstrations around Europe
  • She has written a manifesto nnd given many inspiring speeches where she tells adults to take their responsibilities and stop ruining the world that children are going to live in.
  • Greta Thunberg participated in the Rise for Climate demonstration outside the European Parliament in Brussels
  • In London in October 2018, she addressed the 'Declaration of Rebellion' organized by Extinction Rebellion opposite the Houses of Parliament
  • Thunberg addressed the COP24 United Nations climate change summit on 4 December 2018

Characteristics

  • Brave / Courageous
  • A good and strong leader
  • Altruistic (puts other first e.g. risks or gives life for others)
  • Clever
  • Visionary (has far reaching ideas)
  • Good or moral (strong beliefs or principles)
  • Perseverant / Tenacious (keeps going despite challenges)
  • Inspiring / Charismatic
  • Determined
  • Wise
  • Honest
  • Kind and compassionate

External link

Read her quotes on wikiquote.org

Quotations

"We can’t change the world by playing by the rules, because the rules have to be changed" - Greta Thurnberg, November 2018 TEDXStockholm

"We cannot solve a crisis without treating it as a crisis...if solutions within the system are so impossible to find, then... we should change the system itself." - Greta Thurnberg, Democracy Now! December 2018

The girl who is trying to save the planet and inspired World Climate Strike

Greta Thurnberg, 15, started a green movement reminding adults that they are not doing enough to save the planet, for example World Climate Strike and Extinction Rebellion demonstrations in London.

Greta Thunberg started skipping classes to "strike" in protest over the fact that her country, Sweden, and many other European countries, aren't in line with the Paris climate agreement. She started the strikes by holding protests in front of the Swedish parliament in Stockholm. She became a vegan and asked her family to do the same to reduce carbon emissions. She has also insisted for her family to give up flying. She has been getting a lot of media attention as she gave speeches at COP24 and at the EU Parliament. She suffers from Asperger syndrome, which she says makes it difficult for her to handle the exposure and the pressure. She is extremely brave and has got amazing will power. Her speeches are very moving and she is determined to tell the truth about climate change. She is calling for action around the world. School children in Australia went on strike to protest climate inaction before the Summer (December 2018 in Australia) and the youth movement that Greta Thurnberg inspired grew global with millions of school children and students demonstrating on 15th March 2019. Greta Thurnberg spearheaded protest across Europe starting in London with Extinction Rebellion in April 2019. After a week of chaos, the British government answered the call for Climate Emergency. Now, it's Ireland. Who's going to be brave enough to be next?

Life in Greta Thurnberg's world

In Greta Thurnberg's life, the world is in danger because of too much pollution that causes massive global warming that leads to extreme weather events. This is Climate Change and there's a climate crisis. The first UN Earth Summit to help save the planet took place in Rio in 1992. 27 years later, the situation is getting worse. We've reached the tipping point.

Was Greta Thurnberg a Hero?

  • She wants to make the world a better place.
  • She is trying to raise awareness and open people's eyes.
  • She has inspired children and adults to demonstrate and put pressure on governments to adopt greener policies and pass green laws to curb pollution and reduce carbon emissions drastically.
  • She speaks truth to power.

Things you might not know about Greta Thurnberg

Her mother, Malena Ernman, is a Swedish opera singer and her father is actor Svante Thunberg. Her grandfather is actor and director Olof Thunberg. At a TEDx talk in November 2018, Thunberg said she first heard about climate change at the age of eight, but could not understand why so little was being done about it. Our future is in our hands!

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