Published on Jun 29, 2019
Greta Thunberg is a 16-year-old activist who has ignited a global youth-led environmental movement to fight climate change — we sat down with Greta to hear about her journey and to find out where we go next.
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In August 2018, then 15-year-old Greta Thunberg skipped class to protest in front of the Swedish parliament to raise awareness about climate change, holding a sign that read “Skolstrejk för Klimatet.” Since then, she’s continued to strike on Fridays (which became Global Climate Strikes), she’s delivered blunt speeches on the world stage, and she’s ignited a global youth-led movement to fight climate change.
Greta Thunberg’s protest began with a tweet from @GretaThunberg:
“Vi barn gör ju oftast inte som ni säger åt oss att göra, vi gör som ni gör. Och eftersom ni vuxna skiter i min framtid, så gör jag det med.
Jag skolstrejkar för klimatet fram till valdagen.”
Which, translated in English, reads:
“We children usually don’t do as you tell us to do, we do as you do. And if you adults don’t care about my future, neither do I. I will school strike for the climate until election day.”
In one Greta Thunberg speech, she says, “We have come here to let you know that change is coming, whether you like it or not. The real power belongs to the people.”
In this Greta Thunberg interview, One Small Step host Lucy Biggers chats with the young activist to discuss Thunberg’s experience starting a global environmental movement and to talk about what other ways we can all work towards combating climate change as we move forward into the future.