Greta Thunberg

English [gret-uh toon-berg]

What does Greta Thunberg mean?


Greta Thunberg is an influential teenaged climate activist from Sweden. She came to prominence for her climate strikes in 2018 and major speeches in 2019.

Examples of Greta Thunberg


Examples of Greta Thunberg
Greta Thunberg isn't a viral sensation just because she's great at Twitter. She's building off an activism strategy first developed in the 1960s
@WIRED, September 2019
Greta Thunberg is intentionally and profoundly inspiring, and a great example of the kind of policies and leaders we should look up to and live by.
@honeydrippers, September 2019
Thunberg has done more than any other human being on our ailing planet to bring a particular argument of existential importance—an argument far more difficult to accept than a mere demand for “climate action”—before the masses for our consideration. And we aren’t really listening.
Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic,September 2019

Where does Greta Thunberg come from?

Anders Hellberg / Wikipedia

In August 2018, a 15-year-old Greta Thunberg began as a solo protest against climate change and environmental destruction in her native Sweden. Choosing not to attend school, she stationed herself outside the Swedish parliament for several weeks in Stockholm, holding a sign that read, in Swedish: “Skolstrejk för klimatet” (“School strike for climate”).

Thunberg’s protest—which became known, after her sign, school strikes for climate—won the attention and mobilized the activism of many people around the globe. Her platform demands immediate changes to the use of fossil fuels to preserve the planet for future generations, and her speeches directly confront international inaction on the climate crisis and mass extinction.

One year later in August 2019, Thunberg sailed across the Atlantic on a carbon-neutral boat, highlighting the importance of reducing reliance on fossil fuels, to the US. When she arrived, she addressed the US Congress, the New York rally of the Global Climate Strike (which she inspired), and the UN Climate Action Summit.

Who uses Greta Thunberg?

In addition to raising the profile of the climate crisis and inspiring people, especially young people through social media, to take action like never before, Thunberg has been named a leader by Time and was nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.

While widely praised, Thunberg has also been mocked online and in some media for her mannerisms (she is on the autism spectrum) and dismissed as an overly serious, uninformed, privileged young girl. Thunberg has also inspired a number of memes, some celebrating her, others mocking her.

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