Greta Thunberg: 16-year-old who sparked global climate strike action

Greta Thunberg: 16-year-old who sparked global climate strike action

Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish schoolgirl, is a wonder kid and activist who is lending her voice to the global call for the fight against climate change.

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In 2018, Thunberg staged the first school strike for climate change ('skolstrejk för klimatet') in Sweden outside the Swedish parliament building.

Briefly.co.za learnt that Greta's bold move was reportedly inspired by a previous school class walk-out in Florida against the United States gun laws, according to Country Living.

She continued to stage the strike alone every day until the Swedish national election. With her tenacity and determination, however, many people started to join her.

In March 2019, Greta staged another strike in Berlin also in solidarity with the global call for the fight against climate change.

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While Greta has become a global figure in the fight against climate change, many do not know that the little girl has some health challenges which she defies and does not allow to hold her down.

About four years ago, she was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome.

Asperger syndrome (AS), also known as Asperger's, is a developmental disorder characterised by significant difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication, along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behaviour and interests.

Greta has, however, learnt how to use the health challenge as a driving force in her campaigning. Her Asperger’s means that Greta she understands the environment more upsetting and distressing than others, a development that energises her to take environmental issues more seriously.

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Adding to the list, Greta has also been diagnosed with OCD and selective mutism.

Greta first came across and learned about the concept of climate change when she was eight years old. She became severely affected by the environmental condition and by the age of 11, she sank into a period of depression.

The young activist stopped going to school and lost up to 10 kilos of weight within two months. This experience later spurred her to discuss her environmental concerns with her parents.

Greta wants the world to take climate change issue more seriously and has spoken about environmental issues in several important platforms.

She has spoken at the people's climate march rally in Sweden where she addressed thousands of activists in perfect English and encouraged people to film her and spread her message on social media.

Greta's climate change activism has also made her to meet many world leaders. She has met the French president, Emmanuel Macron, the European commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and UK politicians including Jeremy Corbyn.

The schoolgirl Greta has received commendations from the United Nations and by the German chancellor, Angela Merkel.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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