Greta Thunberg


History isn’t something that is stuck in dusty books. It’s happening right now and young #changemakers are busy getting it done. That's why we've added a young #changemakers segment to the History Hero BLAST…

You could say that Climate Activism runs in this hero’s veins, for an ancestor of Greta Thunberg published a study on the effect of greenhouse gases back in… wait for it… 1896! Meaning this Swedish teenager knows what she’s talking about.

And talk she does — but only when she feels it is necessary. Greta is autistic. By her own admission, she sees the world in black and white, and she doesn’t understand why the whole world isn’t focused 100% on the greatest threat to our lives: the global sustainability crisis.

“If greenhouse emissions must stop to save our planet, then we must stop them,” said Greta in her 4 November 2018 TedTalk.

“You only talk about moving forward with the same bad ideas that got us into this mess, even when the only sensible thing to do is pull the emergency brake,” she said on 12 December 2018 to the COP24 United Nations assembly.

On 20 August 2018, then 15-year-old Thunberg went on strike. She refused to attend school until the Swedish government agreed to reduce carbon emissions as per the Paris Climate Agreement. She protested outside the Swedish Parliament every day during school hours holding a sign that read Skolstrejk för klimatet (school strike for the climate).

Greta’s singular action gained worldwide attention, inspiring students across the globe to take part in her strike for climate action. As 2018 drew to a close, more than 20,000 students in at least 270 cities in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands, Germany, Finland, Denmark, Japan, Switzerland, the UK, and the US had taken part. In Australia, thousands of young people joined Thunberg on Fridays, despite Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s demands for "more learning in schools and less activism” (as if activism wasn’t learning).

We applaud you Greta! And all young activists trying educate today’s adults to do the right thing. As Greta states:

“You are not mature enough to tell it like it is. Even that burden you leave to us children.”

You are not mature enough to tell it like it is. Even that burden you leave to us children.
— Greta Thunberg