Greta Thunberg born 3 January 2003 in Stockholm, Sweden, is a Swedish environmental activist committed to the fight against global warming.
She is gaining international recognition for her activism and several speeches and interventions, including a speech at the United Nations, confronting policy makers with the existential crisis resulting from the climate change humanity is facing.
She protested in the summer of 2018 in front of the Swedish Parliament, at the age of 15, against the inaction on climate change. In November 2018, she launched the school climate strike (Skolstrejk för klimatet). The movement spread around the world after her speech at the 2018 Katowice Climate Change Conference (COP24) in December of the same year. In 2019, there have been several coordinated multi-city protests involving over a million students each. To avoid flying, Greta Thunberg is sailing to North America where she is attending the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit. In her speech, she delivers the “How dare you? in question to politicians, a phrase widely used in the press and often misused in popular culture.
She has received several awards and honours for her activism. She was featured on the cover of Time magazine in May 2019, which named her its 2019 Person of the Year. Her influence on the world stage is described as the “Greta Thunberg effect” by The Guardian and other media. She is on the Forbes list of the 100 most influential women in the world (2019) and has two consecutive nominations for the Right Livelihood Award (2019 and 2020).
Her radical speech and rise to global fame has made her a symbol for many environmentalists, but also the target of much criticism and reaction, sometimes violent.
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