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Who is Greta Thunberg?

Who is Greta Thunberg?
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Greta Thunberg is a Swedish environmental activist credited with raising global awareness of the risks posed by climate change, and with holding politicians to account for their lack of action on the climate crisis.

Greta Thunberg is a Swedish environmental activist credited with raising global awareness of the risks posed by climate change, and with holding politicians to account for their lack of action on the climate crisis.

In August 2018, when she was 15, Thunberg took time off school to demonstrate outside Swedish Parliament, holding up a sign calling for stronger climate action. Soon, other students engaged in similar protests in their own communities.

Together they organized a school climate strike movement under the name 'Fridays for Future'. After Thunberg addressed the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference, student strikes took place every week somewhere in the world. In 2019, there were at least two coordinated multi-ci

ty protests involving over one million pupils each.

Thunberg is known for her blunt, matter-of-fact speaking manner, both in public and to political leaders and assemblies, in which she urges immediate action to address what she describes as the "climate crisis".

At home, Thunberg persuaded her parents to adopt several lifestyle choices to reduce their own carbon footprint, including giving up air travel and not eating meat.

In May 2019, Thunberg was featured on the cover of Time magazine, which named her a "next generation leader" and noted that many see her as a role model.

Thunberg and the school strike movement were also featured in a 30-minute Vice documentary titled 'Make the World Greta Again'. Some media have described her impact on the world stage as the "Greta Thunberg effect"

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