Greta Thunberg, is a sixteen-year old Swedish superstar activist working to stop global warming and climate change. In August 2018, she became a prominent figure for starting the first school strike for climate change outside the Swedish parliament building. In November 2018, she spoke at TEDx Stockholm, and in December 2018, she addressed the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP24
On January 23, Thunberg arrived in Davos after a 32-hour train journey, in contrast to the many delegates who arrived by up to 1,500 in individual private jets to continue her climate campaign at the World Economic Forum. She told a Davos panel
“some people, some companies, some decisions makers in particular have known exactly what priceless values they have been sacrificing to continue making unimaginable amounts of money. I think many of you here today belong to that group of people.” Later in the week, she warned the global elite that “our house is on fire”adding “I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. We owe it to the young people, to give them hope.”
No one has captured the spirit of what is happening to the Earth as much as this teenager with Asperger’s, with her simple message: you are stealing my future.
The goal of Thunberg’s strike is to bring Sweden in line with the 2016 Paris climate agreement, and she will keep striking every day until that happens. “Why should I be studying for a future that soon will be no more, when no one is doing anything to save the future?” she asked in her TED talk.
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