Who Is Greta Thunberg?

 

 

 

Greta Tintin Eleonora Ernman Thunberg is a young Swedish environmental activist, focused on viralizing the risks caused by global warming.


This European girl, originally from Stockholm, at her young and short eight years of age heard for the first time about climate change, which, from that moment, became her personal cause and main reason for her life.


Greta started by making a difference within the home and family environment where she persuaded her parents to modify their lifestyle with the aim of reducing: “their own carbon footprint, including giving up traveling by plane and not eating or consuming animal meat” .


Now Thunberg's media mission didn't begin until August 20, 2018, when the ninth-grade girl decided not to attend school until the 2018 Swedish general election, following a heat wave and wildfire that occurred at inside the country.


The demand put forth was that the Swedish government cut carbon emissions based on the provisions of the Paris Agreement, so it decided to protest by sitting outside the Swedish Parliament (Riksdag) every day during the school day, along with a sign saying in Swedish: "Skolstrejk för klimatet". ("School strike for the climate").

 

 
After the aforementioned elections, she continued to protest every Friday, which attracted international attention, and inspired young people from all over the world to participate in similar student strikes.


In December 2018, more than twenty thousand students participated in demonstrations in more than 270 cities in various countries, around the world, including: Germany, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Spain, the United States, Finland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Uruguay.


Thunberg has based her environmental campaign on four fundamental affirmations:


1-Humanity faces an existential crisis due to climate change.


2-The current generation of adults is responsible for climate change.


3-Climate change will have a disproportionate effect on young people and very little is being done about the situation.


4-Politicians and decision makers must listen to scientists.


Similarly, part of his message is that the commitment to limit the increase in global temperature to 1.5 ° C as part of the Paris Agreement is insufficient and that the greenhouse gas emissions curve should start to decrease abruptly. no later than 2020.

 

 


In February 2019, at a conference of the European Economic and Social Council, he said that the European Union must reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 80% by 2030, twice the 40% target set in Paris.


It should be noted that in May 2019 Greta published a collection of climate action speeches in a book entitled: "No one is too small to make a difference", whose income or profits are donated to charities.


Her environmental leadership and her young age led her to appear on the cover of the magazine: “Time”, just last November 2019, a tabloid that named her: “leader of the next generation” and highlighted the large number of young people who see her as a role model.


Thunberg and the school strike movement also appeared in a magazine's thirty-minute documentary: "Vice" titled: "Making the World Great Again." (Make the World Greta Again).


All of the aforementioned have led some media to refer to it and its great impact on the world stage as: “the Greta Thunberg effect”.


Although the young woman has followers and retractors globally, it is impossible to deny that her speech has influenced the minds of young students as much as that of important political representatives worldwide, thus achieving awaken the dormant consciences after the incessant search for progress , and the excessive production of food and products that are destroying the soil, air, and environment of the entire surface of the planet.

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