Greta Thunberg

At just 16 years old, Swede Greta Thunberg is gaining global notoriety with her hard-hitting campaign calling for instant action to deal with climate change.

Greta has gained a great deal of media coverage recently. The teen is set to become one of the most influential people of 2019 for her no-holds-barred speeches that demand action on climate change, most notably at the UN climate summit in New York. 

For a young person in a hurry, debating issues isn’t an option for Greta Thunberg.  She demands to see actionable plans immediately.  As the temperature rose in Stockholm in 2018 making the city uncomfortable, Greta decided enough was enough and instead of going to school took a placard and went on strike for climate change in front of Sweden’s parliament building. 

Greta Thunberg’s action led to the School Strike for Climate, a movement which seemed to resonate with young people and was joined by millions.

Since her initial action that grabbed media attention, the 16-year-old activist has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and continues to campaign for action with force and determination. 

Greta’s parents, Svante Thunberg and Malena Ernman (an actor and opera singer respectively) may have provided some tips on how to captivate an audience when on stage. The teen certainly uses the dramatic pause well and allows for audience reaction.

Aged just 15 years old, Greta Thunberg published a book titled No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference. The manuscript includes 11 of her notable speeches. Her parents and one grandparent are also listed as the authors.

Is Greta Thunberg going to make a noticeable difference towards climate change or is she a teen on a mission making use of a global platform that the social media age has provided?