Greta Thunberg is a 16-year-old activist making waves with her powerful speeches on climate change.
Greta Thunberg is a 16-year-old Swedish climate activist — and she’s an inspiration. She began protesting last year by sitting on the steps of the Swedish Parliament, every day during school hours for 3 weeks, leading up to the September 9th parliamentary election. Despite being diagnosed with autism, A.D.H.D., and other conditions (along with her sister Beata), since the election, Thunberg returned back to school for 4 days a week, but she still spends her Fridays protesting.
So what is Greta Thunberg trying to do? She’s working to persuade Parliament to undertake radical responses to the rapid pace of climate change now — not later.
Greta Thunberg’s mother, Malena Ernman, is very well-known Opera singer who published a book detailing the struggle their family faced with two children with special needs. Thus, because of her Ernman’s celebrity status, Thunberg’s protest has gained more recognition than anticipated.
Greta Thunberg is not only bringing climate change to the forefront of discussions in parliament, but she is also showing the potential special needs can have in politics or in other professions. Because of her “gift” of Asperger’s syndrome, she’s able to focus on the issues from a different perspective. In an interview with BBC Radio 4 Today Programme presenter Nick Robinson, Greta Thunberg said,
“It makes me different, and being different is a gift, I would say. It also makes me see things from outside the box. I don’t easily fall for lies, I can see through things.”
She is showing the world that people diagnosed with conditions like Autism and A.D.H.D. — and others who have special needs — can do anything they set their minds to — that no one should feel limited by a disability, and that anyone can change the world.
Greta Thunberg first became interested in climate change when she was 9 years old. Since beginning her research, she stopped eating meat, won’t buy anything that isn’t absolutely necessary to her own survival, and because of the emissions that planes give off, her family decided not to fly on airplanes anymore. They use only solar power in their house and grow their own vegetables.
For emergencies, they use their electric car when it’s absolutely necessary, while at other times, they opt to use bikes instead.
In her efforts to bring to light …