Greta Thunberg: 10 Little-Known Facts About The Face Of The Climate Change Movement

By Antonia Čirjak on March 9 2020 in Environment

Greta Thunberg. Image credit: Per Grunditz / Shutterstock.com
Greta Thunberg. Image credit: Per Grunditz / Shutterstock.com
  • Greta Thunberg was already nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize twice.
  • A book collecting her speeches was published in 2019, with all the proceeds from book sales being donated to charity.
  • Her parents are well known as well, with her father being an actor, and mother an opera singer.

Greta Thunberg is only 17 years old and has already become the face of the climate change movement, inspiring many people to join in the fight of combating this global threat. She is from Sweden and has been an environmental activist for a few years now. She gained enormous global attention after her speech at the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit.

There, she dramatically warned people about the dangers of climate change, and her passion made an immediate impact on nearly everyone that heard her speak. A popular phrase from her speech was “how dare you,” which was aimed at global corporations that do not put any effort into combating climate change.

At only 17 years old, she became a symbolic leader of a huge movement, and her influence on the world cannot be overstated. She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize twice already and was voted for the person of the year by numerous publications. This article will try to present you with several lesser-known facts about this amazing young girl.

10. Her Biggest Influence Does Not Surprise Us At All

Sculpture of Rosa Parks inside bus at the National Civil Rights Museum and the site of the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Image credit: Gino Santa Maria / Shutterstock.com
Sculpture of Rosa Parks inside bus at the National Civil Rights Museum and the site of the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Image credit: Gino Santa Maria / Shutterstock.com

Greta claims that the person that influenced her the most was Rosa Parks, the famous civil rights activist that fought for the rights of African Americans in the 1950s. Greta has said that Rosa is one of her biggest inspirations in life. It comes as no surprise that such an extraordinary person looks up to a similarly impressive woman.

9. Many Influential People Have Praised Her

Barack Obama went on record to call her “one of the planet’s greatest advocates.” Hillary Clinton also praised her and encouraged people to join her Global Climate Strike. Image credit: Evan El-Amin / Shutterstock.com
Barack Obama went on record to call her “one of the planet’s greatest advocates.” Hillary Clinton also praised her and encouraged people to join her Global Climate Strike. Image credit: Evan El-Amin / Shutterstock.com

With the growth of her popularity, Greta has started to be recognized by more and more celebrities and world leaders. She met with former U.S. President Barack Obama when she visited Washington, D.C., and he went on record to call her “one of the planet’s greatest advocates.” Hillary Clinton also praised her and encouraged people to join her Global Climate Strike.

8. She Is Making More Public Appearances Than You Are Probably Know

Greta is constantly giving her best to appear on as many that deal with environmental issues as possible. Image credit: Daniele COSSU / Shutterstock.com
Greta is constantly giving her best to appear on as many that deal with environmental issues as possible. Image credit: Daniele COSSU / Shutterstock.com

We all know Greta for her impressive and passionate speech at the UN Climate Action Summit. However, she is constantly giving her best to appear on as many that deal with environmental issues as possible. She led a climate rally in Montreal in 2019. Many people report that it was the largest rally in the history of the Canadian city. She also doesn’t shy away from television appearances; she was a guest on The Ellen Show the same year. 

7. Her Accolades Are Already Impressive

At 15, Greta was already named one of the most influential teens of 2018 by TIME Magazine. Image credit: franz12 / Shutterstock.com
At 15, Greta was already named one of the most influential teens of 2018 by TIME Magazine. Image credit: franz12 / Shutterstock.com

At 15, Greta was already named one of the most influential teens of 2018 by TIME Magazine. It didn’t stop there. The same magazine named her the person of the year in 2019. Greta is the first person that was born in the 21st century that received this award, and the youngest recipient ever. She was also awarded the Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award in 2019.

6. Her Speeches Are Well Planned

Sept. 20, 2019: Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg addresses the crowd of marchers participating in the Global Climate Strike. Image credit: Roland Marconi / Shutterstock.com
Sept. 20, 2019: Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg addresses the crowd of marchers participating in the Global Climate Strike. Image credit: Roland Marconi / Shutterstock.com

Since Greta is still young, many people that have an agenda against her might try to use any small mistake she makes as a means to discredit her. This is why her speeches are always fact-checked by scientists to make sure that everything she says is accurate. They also try to make her speeches more understandable to people that don’t deal with science.

5. Her Speeches Were Collected In A Book

Greta continues to impress us with every next move she makes. Image credit: Christopher Penler / Shutterstock.com
Greta continues to impress us with every next move she makes. Image credit: Christopher Penler / Shutterstock.com

“No One Is Too Small To Make A Difference,” a book collecting all of Greta’s famous speeches, was published in May 2019. Of course, all of the proceeds from the sales will be donated to charity. Greta continues to impress us with every next move she makes.

4. Her Parents Are Known As Well

Malena Ernman, is a famous Swedish opera singer. Image credit: Liv Oeian / Shutterstock.com
Malena Ernman, is a famous Swedish opera singer. Image credit: Liv Oeian / Shutterstock.com

With Greta being the impressive person that she is, it’s no wonder that her parents also have quite impressive careers. Her mother, Malena Ernman, is a famous Swedish opera singer. She even represented Sweden at the Eurovision song contest in 2009. Her father is an actor and an author. They both support their daughter in her fight and even wrote a book together, dealing with the environmental crisis.

3. She Refuses To Fly

Although she visited a large number of countries across the world, Greta refuses to use airplanes to do so.
Although she visited a large number of countries across the world, Greta refuses to use airplanes to do so.

Although she visited a large number of countries across the world, Greta refuses to use airplanes to do so. For her to get to Davos in Switzerland, to take part in the World Economic Forum, she traveled for 32 hours by train. She also traveled for two weeks on a zero-emission yacht across the Atlantic to reach New York, where the Climate Action Summit was being held.

2. She Was Diagnosed With Asperger’s Syndrome

She also believes that Asperger’s syndrome helped her develop her passion further since it raised her interest in reading. Image credit: Liv Oeian / Shutterstock.com
She also believes that Asperger’s syndrome helped her develop her passion further since it raised her interest in reading. Image credit: Liv Oeian / Shutterstock.com

Greta was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome when she was eight years old. However, she’s also suffering from OCD and selective mutism. The latter means that she does not often talk, only when she believes it’s necessary. This makes her passion for dealing with climate change more impressive. She also believes that Asperger’s syndrome helped her develop her passion further since it raised her interest in reading.

1. She Started Her First Strike In 2018

She missed three weeks of school because of her strike until she finally got the attention of the Swedish Parliament. Image credit: Liv Oeian / Shutterstock.com
She missed three weeks of school because of her strike until she finally got the attention of the Swedish Parliament. Image credit: Liv Oeian / Shutterstock.com

At only 15 years old, Greta was inspired by a protest in Florida and decided to do something similar. The protest in question was in Florida, and it was a school class walk-out in protest of gun laws in the United States. Greta decided she wanted to do something similar, but her goal was to raise awareness about climate change.

So in August 2018, she staged the world’s first climate change school strike. She felt passionate about the issue, and her passion was felt by many. She missed three weeks of school because of her strike until she finally got the attention of the Swedish Parliament.

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