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Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg, photographed on 16th April 2019Greta Thunberg (born 2003) is a Swedish student and climate activist. Aged 15, she began the School Strike for Climate movement in August 2018 with her solo Skolstrejk för klimatet ("School strike for the climate") protest outside the Swedish parliament in Stockholm. Her fame spread quickly following her appearance at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (also known as COP24) in December 2018. In a very short time, Greta has become a role model and inspiration behind the climate movement worldwide. In March 2019, three members of the Norwegian parliament nominated her for the Nobel Peace Prize.



Greta outside the Swedish parliament building

Childhood and family

Greta Ernman Thunberg was born on 3rd January 2003 in Sweden. Her mother is opera singer Malena Ernman and her father is actor Svante Thunberg (named after Svante Arrhenius, the Nobel prize-winning scientist who, in 1896, first calculated how carbon dioxide emissions could lead to the greenhouse effect). Greta first learned about climate change at the age of eight, but was shocked when she discovered that adults were doing so little about it. At one stage she became depressed and stopped going to school.

Greta Thunberg credits the teen activists at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, as the inspiration behind her school climate strike. The students walked out of classes in protest against the US gun laws that enabled the massacre on their campus in February 2018.

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