30 second read. Written by a grade 8 student
Greta Thunberg is a Swedish student who has become world famous because she is fighting climate change.
When she was 15, she skipped school on day to protest outside parliament for more action against climate change. She thought that not enough was being done and she wanted to know why. What started as one girl’s fight soon tuned into a movement. Other students, teachers and parents joined her. She got encouraged by the response decided to go on strike every Friday – that is she decided to miss school every Friday to protest on climate issues. Not only that she, also invited other students to join her on “Fridays for Future” campaign – she wanted students to walk out of schools in protest like her.
And guess what? They did. In November 2018, more than 17,000 students in 24 countries took part in Friday school strikes. This made Great Thunberg famous and she started getting invited to speak at many events, including by the United Nations. Imagine this – the number of students taking part in school strikes goes over 2 million – across 135 countries.
As we write this, do you know what Greta is doing? She is sailing Britain to the United States for the UN Summit on climate change – on a solar-powered boat (yes, boat!) that generates energy by under-water turbines. She will be travelling on rough seas for two weeks in harsh conditions – all because she wants to go to the summit with a zero carbon footprint (there is no running water and there’s a bucket for a toilet)
This March, Great Thunberg got nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.