Greta Thunberg (born 2003) is a young environmental activist from Sweden. She started her campaign against global warming at the age of 15 (in August 2018), protesting in front of the Swedish parliament with a sign reading "School strike for the climate" (in Swedish). She soon attracted the attention of other students and together they created a strike movement for the environment called "Fridays for Future". The strikes soon extended to the whole world and now take place on a regular basis. Greta has found recognition worldwide, but also criticism, some quite harsh, in particular on YouTube. The criticism, however, has not deterred her from her goal in the least and has even made her stronger, and her impact is now undeniable. She has won numerous awards, but has also declined some, like the "Nordic Council Environment Prize" of $52,000, stating that "the climate movement does not need any more awards.” She was the 2019 Time Person of the Year. Greta is proud of her Asperger's Syndrome and considers it her "superpower" ("It is those who are different who make a difference.") Her rhetoric uses graphic analogies to highlight her concerns, and she often speaks bluntly to business and political leaders. The four pillars of her activism are: 1. Humanity is facing an existential crisis because of climate change; 2. The current generation of adults is responsible for climate change; 3. Climate change will have a disproportionate effect on young people; 4. Politicians and decision-makers need to listen to the scientists. (Source: Wikipedia) In April 2020 Greta donated $100,000 prize money to UNICEF to help children during the COVID-19 pandemic. She was nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize (in 2019 and 2020). In November 2020 a BBC documentary on Greta called "I Am Greta" was released. Read more about the accomplishments of this remarkable and determined young lady on her Wikipedia page .
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