Greta Thunberg is a Swedish climate youth activist who initiated an international climate change campaign starting in 2018. Thunberg began skipping classes on Fridays and demonstrating outside the Swedish Parliament with the words "School Strike for Climate" handwritten on the poster board. Thanks to social media, her words have exploded worldwide and inspired millions of young people around the globe to mobilize and demonstrate.
Launching 'Fridays for the Future,' Thunberg and other committed teenagers around Europe have continued to urge politicians and legislators to move on climate change by their daily walkouts. Thunberg has since toured the globe, consulted with foreign officials and appeared at forums asking for sustainable change and a recommitment to the Paris Agreement.
Thunberg was recommended for the Nobel Peace Prize in March 2019, and a few months later she became the youngest female ever to be named as Time 's Person of the Year. Thunberg was only eight years old when she first learned about the climate crisis. Since then, she has taken strides to minimize her carbon emissions by not driving or flying and being vegan, and has inspired her colleagues to do the same.
Thunberg has been invited to speak at numerous meetings, including those in Stockholm, London and Brussels, in the face of the climate youth movement. Her speech at the United Nations COP24 in Katowice , Poland, went viral in December 2018.
Invited to appear at the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York City in September 2019, Thunberg traveled across the Atlantic on a zero-emission yacht, joined by her father and a supporting team. A little over two weeks later, the ship landed in New York City on August 28th, and from there, Thunberg met President Barack Obama and appeared to the Foreign Relations Committee of the Senate and the Senate Special Committee in Washington D.C. The 18th of September.
Known for its straightforward speech style, Thunberg rarely talked to the commissions and then put out the new UN paper. "I don't want you to listen to me at all," she added. "I want you to listen to the experts," she added.
Two days later, on September 20th, Thunberg and millions of demonstrators marched to New York City to seek climate change at the New York City Global Climate Protest. The action was the biggest global movement in history, with a record of 4 million protesters marching around the globe. The following day, she appeared at the United Nations Youth Climate Summit.