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Greta Thunberg

About Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg is a Swedish environmental activist. She is focused on the risks posed by climate change.

In August of 2018, Thunberg at the age of 15 started a school strike to demonstrate the climate action outside the Swedish parliament. Her movement “Fridays for Future” now involves over 100,000 schoolchildren.

Career

According to Greta, she first heard about climate change in 2011, when she was 8 years old. She could not understand why so little was being done about it. As the years went by, she became depressed, stopped talking and eating and was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome and selective mutism.

It was in 2018 when the world started to know her name. In late 2018, she began the school climate strikes and gave public speeches to become an internationally recognized climate activist. Her father doesn’t like her missing school but respects that she wants to make a stand. Moreover, Thunberg also says that her teachers are divided in their views about her missing class to make her point.

Her movement started in August of 2018 when she demanded that the Swedish government reduce carbon emissions in accordance with the Paris Agreement. After the general elections in Sweden, she inspired school students across the globe to take part in student strikes. The movement led more than 20,000 students in at least 270 cities (as of Dec 2018).

As her protest started gaining momentum, she was invited to give speeches at a variety of forums which enabled her to reach her voice. On November 24, 2018, she spoke at TED. In that event, she concluded saying “we can’t change the world by playing by the rules, because the rules have to be changed”. In addition to that, she has also expressed her views on events like COP24 summit, Davos, European Economic and Social Committee, Austrian World Summit R20, U.S. Congress on Climate Change, New York City: 2019 Global Climate Strike.

Recently, on September 23, 2019, she expressed her concerns in front of world leaders at the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit. In that event, she said:

This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be standing here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to me for hope? How dare you! You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. And yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction. And all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!”.


Awards and Nomination received by Greta Thunberg

  • Winner of Svenska Dagbladet’s debate article writing competition on the climate for young people in May 2018.
  • Nominated for the Children’s Climate Prize, which is awarded by the Swedish electricity company Telge Energi.
  • Awarded the Fryshuset scholarship of the Young Role Model of the Year.
  • One of the World’s “25 most Influential teenagers” of 2018 by TIME magazine.
  • Most Important woman of the year in Sweden in 2019.
  • On March 31, 2019, she received the German Goldene Kamera Special Climate Protection Award.
  • On March 13, 2019, two deputies of the Swedish parliament and three deputies of Norwegian parliament nominated her as a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • In 2019, TIME magazine named her as one of the 100 most influential people of 2019.
  • On June 7, 2019, Amnesty International gave her prestigious award “Ambassador of Conscience Award” for her leadership in the climate movement.
  • On July 12, 2019, she was awarded the Geddes Environment Medal by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.
  • She was one of 15 women selected to appear on the cover of September 2019 issue of British Vogue, by Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex.
  • On September 2019, she won Amnesty International’s most prestigious human right award “The Ambassador of Conscience Award”.
  • In 2019, she also received the Right Livelihood Award.

Parents and Sister

Greta Thunberg’s parents

Greta was born to Malena Ernman and Svante Thunberg. Her mother Malena is an opera singer. In addition to that, she is also an actress. In the field of music, she is a mezzo-soprano but she has also worked in other genres of music including jazz and cabaret. Moreover, Malena is also a writer who has written a book about her family. In the book, she notes her daughters’ upbringing as well as their struggles. She also reveals that Greta has Asperger’s syndrome and Beata has ADHD.

Her father Svante Thunberg is also in a theatrical business. He is an author, actor, and producer. In fact, he manages Malena’s career. Regarding his own career, Svante is known for his role in Swedish television drama series called “Skärgårdsdoktorn” when translates to English is called “The Archipelago Doctor”. Svante is very supportive of Greta. He often posts photos of Greta as well as climate-related content on his Twitter account.

Greta also has one sibling Beata Ernman Thunberg. She is 13 years old, three years younger than Greta. She rarely posts pictures and posts about her sister on Instagram. Like her mother, she has love in singing. She frequently performs in front of audiences and often choreographs her performances as well.


Greta Thunberg Height, Weight, and Body Measurements

 

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The 16-year-old climate activist currently stands at a height of 5 feet 3 inches or 160 cm tall. Meanwhile, she weighs approx. 45 kg or 100 pounds.

Birthdate January 3, 2003
Age 16 years old
Sun Sign Capricorn
Height Height in feet: 5 feet 3 inches
In centimeters: 160 cm
In meters: 1.60 m
Weight 45 kg or 100 pounds
Body Build Average
Hair Color Brown
Eye Color Dark Brown
Nationality Swedish
Ethnicity White
Sexual Orientation Straight
Body Measurements Not Available
Dress Size Not Available
Shoe Size Not Available
Distinctive Features Known for her powerful speeches.

Greta Thunberg Net Worth

We have no idea, how rich is Greta actually. Her net worth is under review.


10 Memorable Quotes by Greta Thunberg

“For way too long, the politicians and the people in power have gotten away with not doing anything to fight the climate crisis, but we will make sure that they will not get away with it any longer. We are striking because we have done our homework and they have not.”

“Avoiding climate breakdown will require cathedral thinking. We must lay the foundation while we may not know exactly how to build the ceiling.”

“We have to understand the emergency of the situation. Our leadership has failed us. Young people must hold older generations accountable for the mess they have created. We need to get angry, and transform that anger into action.”

“We have not come here to beg world leaders to care. You have ignored us in the past and you will ignore us again. You’ve run out of excuses and we’re running out of time. We’ve come here to let you know that change is coming, whether you like it or not. The real power belongs to the people.”

“We are facing an existential crisis… it will have a massive impact on our lives in the future, but also now, especially in vulnerable communities. And I think that we should wake up, and we should also try to wake the adults up, because they are the ones who — their generation is the ones who are mostly responsible for this crisis, and we need to hold them accountable.”

“I don’t see myself as a leader, or icon, or the face of a movement.”

“Many people say that Sweden is just a small country, and it doesn’t matter what we do, but I have learned you are never too small to make a difference.”

“You don’t listen to science because you are only interested in solutions that will enable you to carry on like before. Like now. And those answers don’t exist anymore.”

“We showed that we are united and that we, young people, are unstoppable.”

“You lied to us. You gave us false hope. You told us that the future was something to look forward to. And the saddest thing is that most children are not even aware of the fate that awaits us.”


Some facts about Greta Thunberg

Her birth name is given after Greta’s dad distant relative Svante Arrhenius.

By the age of 11, she had become ill; thinking over the effects of human activity on climate change. She stopped talking and eating, and, within two months, she lost 10 kg of weight.

Her mother gave up her international career as an Opera singer because of the climate effects of aviation.

Her family has also installed solar batteries and has started growing their own vegetables outside the city.

On January 23, 2019, she arrived in Davos after a 32-hour train journey to address at the World Economic Forum.

She considers Jane Goodall as her hero and idol.

Her family has two dogs at home in Sweden.


 

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