“I was kind of a troublemaker”: How Greta Thunberg became a climate activist

Democracy Now!

Published on Sep 11, 2019

In her first extended broadcast interview in the United States, 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg recounts her personal journey from when she first heard about the climate crisis at the age of 8 to the present day. Greta discusses her struggles with depression at an early age, which caused her to stop eating and talking. “When you are the only one who reacts about this crisis and everyone else seems to just [say], ‘Okay, it’s very important but I am too busy with my life… I just thought that it was very strange that no one else was behaving in a logical way,” Greta says. “Nothing seemed to matter anymore. But then I started to come back, to become better, to feel better. And a reason for that was because I saw that there are actually things you can do.” She talks about her refusal to travel via plane, commitment to a vegan lifestyle and decision to acquire most of her clothes secondhand. Now a central figure in the global climate movement, Greta will address the U.N. Climate Action Summit on September 23 in New York.

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