|Born:||January 3, 2003 (age 16)|
Greta Thunberg is a Swedish environmental activist.
Thunberg was born on January 3, 2003, in Stockholm, Sweden. She states that she became aware of the issue of climate change in 2011. In 2014, she was diagnosed with several conditions, including Asperger syndrome. Thunberg successfully urged her parents to change their lifestyle to lower the family's carbon footprint, such as adopting veganism and ending plane travel.
In late 2018, Thunberg demonstrated outside the Swedish parliament and began giving speeches to protest inaction against climate change. After other students began protests in other communities, Thunberg and the students started a school climate strike movement called Fridays for Future, and in 2019, at least two multi-city protests of over one million students each were held.
In August 2019, Thunberg sailed from Plymouth, UK, to New York City to attend the United Nations Climate Action Summit on September 23, where she gave a powerful speech condemning inaction on climate change. On September 18, she also appeared before a congressional hearing on climate change. Rather than giving a prepared address, Thunberg gave congressmembers a copy of the 2018 global warming report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Thunberg published a collection of her climate action speeches, "No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference," in May 2019.