Greta Tintin Eleonora Ernman Thunberg is a Swedish girl who was born on 3 January 2003 and is now 16 years old. Like all the students of her age who will have many reasons not to go to school she also had her own. But why is she well known and widely spoke about? Why is she an inspiration to many? Unlike other students, the reason for her not to go to school was for the betterment of all the living beings on this planet. Yes, she is a climate activist.

The beginning marked on 20 August 2018, Greta Thunberg who had just started ninth grade, decided to not attend school until the 2018 Swedish General elections. She went on strike and sat on the steps of the parliament building, every day during school hours for three weeks. Since the election, she has returned to school for four days a week. She now spends her Fridays on the steps of parliament. She is demanding that the government undertake a radical response to climate change.  

She began researching climate change and has stayed on the topic for six years. She has stopped eating meat and buying anything that is not absolutely necessary also she stopped flying on airplanes. Though her family feels like she has to go to school they also support her by giving her the freedom to protest, installed solar batteries, has started growing their own vegetables on an allotment outside the city and by using electric cars.

Greta Thunberg has inspired a number of other school children worldwide which is described as the ‘Greta Thunberg effect’. Many politicians have also acknowledged the need to focus on climate change. Britain’s secretary for the environment said: “When I listened to you, I felt great admiration, but also responsibility and guilt. I am of your parents’ generation, and I recognize that we haven’t done nearly enough to address climate change and the broader environmental crisis that we helped to create.” 

In our day to day life, we could see many things happening that cause the climate crisis. We also do things that are harmful to the environment. It is getting worse now and just think how the climatic conditions will be when our children and grandchildren live. They also deserve a planet that is suitable for healthy living. It is their right and who are we to steal the right of their future?

We have to come together and act now. Right Now.

It is still not too late to act. It will take a far-reaching vision, it will take courage, it will take fierce, fierce determination to act now, to lay the foundations where we may not know all the details about how to shape the ceiling. In other words, it will take cathedral thinking. I ask you to please wake up and make changes required possible.

– Greta Thunberg


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