Greta Thunberg

How Greta Thunberg Incited Global Climate Action

How Greta Thunberg Incited Global Climate Action

16-year-old climate activist, Greta Thunberg, begun her activism by sitting on the steps of
Swedish parliament holding a hand-painted sign and demanding legislative change. At the time
she attracted little more than mild concern from passers-by.


Today her TED Talk has been viewed by millions of people, and she is credited with
spearheading the largest global movement of climate action in history – proving that one person
can inspire action. Greta was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize after her #FridaysforFuture
movement inspired school children in more than 100 countries worldwide to skip school and
march against the climate crisis Greta has become the unlikely voice of a generation, the representative of a global cohort of politically aware youth that is standing up to power. What is it about Greta and her story that resonates with so many people, particularly young people?


When Greta was 11 she was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, Obsessive Compulsive
Disorder (OCD), and Selective Mutism, which by her own admission, means that she only
speaks when she believes it is necessary. In her TED Talk she explains that people with
Aspergers are not good liars and tend to see the world “in black and white.” What some might
see as a barrier, is the source of her greatest strengths.


Greta’s unique perspective allows her to spell out the obvious solution to a problem. It is
precisely this directness that is so inspiring. With so many leaders and politicians pushing off climate action to a later date, Greta is a powerful voice demanding change today.


We hope politicians and business leaders take notice. Only by speeding up the transition to a
fossil-free and carbon-neutral economy can we avoid the catastrophic impacts of climate
change – and we have until 2030 to do it.

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