Look up the meaning of “thick skin” and you’ll discover Greta, the activist who began with a one-person “School Strike for Climate” outside parliament in her native Sweden and within a year was leading a worldwide youth motion. At 16 years of ages, she invested 2 weeks taking a trip by boat throughout the Atlantic Ocean to New York to raise awareness about environment modification and in no unpredictable terms need that the so-called grownups in charge start taking the concern seriously.
But her intrepidness and exceptional sense of function didn’t simply make her a speaking slot at the United Nations, a look on The Daily Show, a conference with Barack Obama, and eventually the cover of TIME as the publication’s 2019 Person of the Year. She likewise ended up being a lightning arrester for debate and a target for online bullying by individuals who simply didn’t wish to find out about it—specifically from a kid, they declared.
“It’s a lot of hate, of course, and conspiracy theories, and mocking me,” Greta informed the Washington Post in September 2019. “I don’t really take it personal, because I know they are just so desperate, trying to find something to make me look bad. Because if I look bad, the climate movement will look bad. It’s sad to see all these people spending their time doing something like this when they could be doing some good instead.”
Millie Bobbie Brown informed Glamour UK of her fellow teenager, “She’s so brave to speak to politicians and say, ‘time has run out,’ and they have to listen. I love the power—the girl power. She’s so young and yet so brave.”
Greta’s moms and dads were worried that she was too young to be the face of a motion, however they saw that doing something about it was the only thing making their child delighted following her descent into an anxiety over the state of the world.
Now 17, she continues to live life on her terms. While willingly social-distancing this previous year, Sweden not having actually enforced an official lockdown, she captured up on schoolwork after her year-long sabbatical, and a BBC video revealed her doing regular things like having fun with her pet, doing a jigsaw puzzle and watering home plants. And, naturally, she stayed up to date with news from worldwide.
“It feels like we have passed some kind of social tipping point,” she informed the BBC, “where people are starting to realize that we cannot keep looking away from these things, we cannot keep sweeping these things under the carpet, these injustices.”