The Young Climate Change Advocate Who Is Being Talked About Around The World

Most teenagers skip school so they can go to a park or a mall and hang out with their friends. Greta Thunberg started skipping school so that she could strike outside the Swedish parliament. The adolescent climate change advocate began her efforts by holding up a sign that says in Swedish, “School strike for climate.” After catching the attention of others, Greta became an international phenomenon and has even won awards for her speeches and activism. She travels on a zero-carbon yacht, talking to government officials all over the globe. Read on to discover the amazing strides this young girl has taken to change the world.

Not A Typical Child

Greta sits in a crowd of ralliers in DC
Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images
Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Greta was born to two performers, singer Malena Ernman and actor and arts manager Svante Thunberg, in Stockholm, Sweden. At the age of eleven, she was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and selective mutism.

Greta told The Guardian that she sees her mental ailments as her “superpower.” She’s known for being blunt and to the point, something that could be related to her unique brain. Unlike many other teens, Greta seems far more concerned with her carbon footprint than what others think of her.