The summer of 2018 was Sweden’s hottest in 262 years. A little 15 years girl was standing in front of the Swedish parliament in August 2018, having a placard with one line,” Strike School for the Climate Change.” Her name is Greta Thunberg. Do you think, this could make any changes? But really it made a change . Also, Greta Thunberg became an environmental activist and leader of the new generation.
The effects of Greta Thunberg
She was on her way to protest but social media played a vital role in this to spread the news all over the world. She has inspired a huge number of school-aged generations what has been described as,” The Greta effects.” In December 2018 more than 20,000 students had held strikes in at least 270 cities. The school strikes for climate on 20 or 27 September in 2019 were attended by over four million people, according to one of the co-organizers. That was the largest climate protest in history.
In February 2019, 224 academics signed an open letter of support stating they were inspired by the actions of Thunberg and the striking school children in making their voices heard.
In February 2019, Thunberg shared a stage with the then President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, where he outlined “In the next financial period from 2021 to 2027, every fourth euro spent within the EU budget will go towards action to mitigate climate change”.
A significant role in the European Parliament Election
In May 2019, a significant role in European Parliament Election had played by climate issue as Green parties recorded their highest ever score, boosting their MEP numbers from 52 to 72. Many of the gains came from northern European countries where young people have taken to the streets inspired by Thunberg.
In June 2019, Thunberg spoke by video link with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who had submitted the Green New Deal to the U.S. House of Representatives in February 2019, which calls for the United States to achieve “net-zero” greenhouse gases within a decade. They discussed how it feels when their views are not taken seriously because they are young, and what tactics really work. A YouGov poll in Britain found that public concern about the environment had waved to record levels in the UK since Thunberg and Extinction Rebellion had “pierced the bubble of denial”.
In June 2019, Swedish Railways (SJ) reported that the number of Swedes taking the train for domestic journeys had risen by 8% from the previous year, reflecting growing public concern about the impact of flying on CO.
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Highlighted by Thunberg’s refusal
2 emissions that are highlighted by Thunberg’s refusal to fly to international conferences. Greta Thunberg’s mom Melana Ernman had given up her international opera career due to reducing her carbon footprint. Being embarrassed or ashamed to take a plane because of its environmental impact has been described on social media as flygskam or ‘shame of flying’, along with the hashtag #jagstannarpåmarken, which translates as #istayontheground.
In August 2019, publication and sales of children’s books about the climate crisis reportedly doubled. Publishers attribute this to the “Greta effect”. Wealthy philanthropists and investors like Trevor Neilson( inspired by Greta Thunberg )from the United States have donated almost half a million pounds to support Extinction Rebellion and school strike groups to establish the Climate Emergency Fund.
More girls are taking action on climate change through technology and activism. This may well be the Greta Thunberg effect like in Kazakhstan a group of girls named team Coco came up with a new app called Teco. Kazakhstan has one of the largest oil reserves in the world, and oil exports comprise over three-quarters of its national GDP and have many climate issues like air pollution. So this team Coco decided to make Kazakhstani more eco-friendly and that will be helpful for future planet.
In the U.K. a program called FutureMakers, created by Sage Foundation Jenatie Ganesharajah and Stacy D’Souza has come up with an object recognition software seeking to catalog marine life, to contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14. They designed a public catalog of marine species using image recognition. That will be helpful for 3 billion people who are dependent on marine and coastal biodiversity. Yeah in past the girls also had concerns about climate but now they are talking and taking action.
Greta Thunberg is doing all her capable option to reduce her carbon footprint she became vegan, quit to use aircraft even for any national and international conference. In December 2019, she is set to attend the UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Chile. 3 December 2019 she reached Lisbon, Portugal after 3 weeks sea journey. But her impact never stopped. From many apart side of the world like Kyiv, Ukraine; Kampala, Uganda; San Josè, Costa Rica; Leipzig, Germany; Missoula, Montana; Belgium; Berlin; Kerala, India; Hiroshima, Japan; South Africa; Bacau, Romania; Philippines; Vienna, Australia; Dhaka, Bangladesh; Potsdam, Garmany; Thailand; Pune, India and many others countries protesters are outspread her protest by social media.
A Swedish environmental activist GRETA THUNBERG who has created a wave about climate change movement in August 2018. At the age of 15, she started writing a simple message in the poster board,” School Strike for the climate change .” (In Swedish ) . She had skipped school hours every day continuously for 3 months and protested outside the Swedish parliament for action on global warming. Other young students realized the moral and started joining. After the general election, she continued her strike only for Fridays and inspired school students across the globe to take part in a student strikes.
GRETA THUNBERG biography
There was the “Fridays for Future” began. The social media played a vital role in spreading this news all over the world and millions of young influenced people came under one root for one issue. As of December 2018 more than 20,000 students had held strikes in at least 270 cities. The school strikes for climate on 20 or 27 September in 2019 were attended by over four million people, according to one of the co-organizers. That was the largest climate protest in history.
Full name Greta Tintin Eleonora Ernman Thunberg born on 3 January 2003 in Stockholm Sweden. Her profession is a student and environmental activist. She is from an artistic family. Her father Svante Thunberg is an actor and her mother Melena Ernman is a famous Swedish singer. Greta first time learned about climate change at the age of 8 in 2011. She has made efforts to lower her carbon footprint by not flying aircraft and becoming vegan and has influenced her family to do so.
GRETA THUNBERG family
Greta has said that she tried to show them graphs and data when that didn’t work, she warned her family that they were stealing her future. Greta provoked her mother as much she had to give up her international opera career due to the environmental impact on aviation. Her father was not happy for skipping her school instead he thinks she can make a difference. She has diagnosed with Asperger syndromes obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) selective mutism. Greta has a younger sister Beata Thunberg who is a popular singer in Sweden. Like her sister, Beata has been open about her own challenge dealing with ADHD and OCD.
Difficulty with social interactions, Restricted interests, desired for sameness, Distinctive strengths all is the symptoms of Asperger. Greta doesn’t view her Asperger’s like illness and has instead called it a superpower. She said, “I have Asperger’s and that means I’m sometimes a bit different from the norm,” She added. “And — given the right circumstances — being different is a superpower.”
After a sudden emeute, she was invited from many national and international conferences about climate change. She delivered her bold speech which bounded many political leaders to think about climate change as a problem. In London in October 2018, she addressed the ‘Declaration of Rebellion’ organized by the Extinction Rebellion opposite the Houses of Parliament. She said, “We’re facing an immediate unprecedented crisis that has never been treated as a crisis and our leaders are all acting like children. We need to wake up and change everything”.
Spoke at TdxStockholm
On 24 November 2018, she spoke at TdxStockholm about the realization of her age 8 how much threatening matter climate change is! She said, ” We can’t change the world by playing the rules, because the rules have to be changed .” On 23 January 2019, she arrived in Davos after 32 hours train journey for climate campaign at world economic forum. Later in the week, she warned the global leaders, “I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act. I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if the house was on fire—because it is.”
European Economic conference
On 21 February 2019, she spoke at a conference of the European Economic and Social Committee and to European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker, where she said that to limit global warming to less than the two degrees C goal established at the Paris Agreement, the EU must reduce their CO2 emissions by 80% by 2030, double the 40% goal set in Paris. 29 – 31 March 2019 she visited Berlin.
On 29 March she delivered a speech in front of Brandenburg gate, she said, “We live in a strange world where children must sacrifice their own education in order to protest against the destruction of their future. Where the people who have contributed the least to this crisis are the ones who are going to be affected the most.” About 25,000 people heard her that speech.
She became a leader and a target for her sudden rise to world fame. In May 2019 Greta has featured on the cover of Time magazine and, which named her as,” next-generation leader” and described her as a role model of many. Fellowship of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society has been named as one of the 100 most influential people of 2019 by Time magazine.
Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize
Thunberg was nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. September 2019, she addressed the UN Climate Action Summit in New York. On 23 September 2019 in New York, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) hosted a press conference where Greta Thunberg joined. Together a group of 16 children announced they had made an official complaint against five nations that are not on track to meet the emission reduction targets they committed to in their Paris Agreement pledges: Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, and Turkey.
Greta, she has been fighting
All those protests were not very easy for Greta she has been fighting with her health issue. Alas! She was faced with many times criticism from big shots even big politician’s names also was there. Every time she gave a bold answer. There was some misuse of her name. In December 2019, she is set to attend the UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Chile. Hopefully, she will arrive in Lisbon, Portugal sometime before December. This 16-year little girl is traveling to another part to another portion in the world without flying aircraft for a secure future planet where other children are playing video games. A big salute for her courtesy.