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The 16-year-old Greta von Thunberg is considered a representative of the international climate protection movement and is the initiator of the popular movement “Fridays for Future”. She is on the list of the 100 most influential people of 2019 and inspires millions of young people with her words. Meanwhile, Greta von Thunberg is a global media phenomenon and PR professionals in the background earn a net worth with the climate activist.
Greta Thunberg was born on January 3, 2003 in Stockholm. Her mother is the famous opera singer Malena Ernmann and her father is the Swedish actor Svante Thunberg. Even her grandparents were well-known actors, so the family is used to fame and success.
Greta Thunberg was first diagnosed with depression in fifth grade. Because of the bullying by her classmates, Greta leaves her school for the time being. Eating disorders and panic attacks follow, which she explains afterwards with her fear for the climate. Greta is then diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. Greta has a younger sister who suffers from ADHD. Since Greta has been committed to the environment, she has felt better. Her climate commitment works like therapy, she says.
In May 2018, Greta won a prize in a writing competition on environmental politics. With the publication of her contribution, other influential environmental activists became aware of her and Greta made initial contacts. At the end of the 2018/19 school year, Greta successfully completed the 9th grade with excellent grades and decided on a so-called “gap year” before she would like to attend high school from 2010/21.
Although Greta was able to make contact with other climate activists through the writing competition, she initially acts alone. In August 2018, on the first day of school of the new school year, she stands in front of the Reichstag in Stockholm with a sign that says “School strike for the climate” and is rewarded with an enormous media presence. After the parliamentary elections in Sweden, she only repeats the act every Friday. Imitators can be found all over the world and the popular “Fridays for Future” movement develops. Greta Thunberg is becoming an idol of the climate change movement and she’s taking part in protests across Europe.
In her speeches, Greta criticizes politicians around the world for their actions and for the standstill in climate policy. In 2018, Greta was already taking part in the UN conference and was invited to the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2019 and to the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels in February. Since Greta categorically rejects airplanes as a means of transport, she mostly travels through Europe by train or with her father in an electric car. Greta Thunberg reached the peak of her media presence in September 2019 when she crossed the Atlantic on the sailing yacht “Malizia II” to attend the UN climate summit in New York. She travels back to Europe in November 2019 on a catamaran.
One of the greatest successes of her career is certainly her reception in New York with 17 sailing boats sent out by the UN and her subsequent speech at the UN climate summit. Furthermore, Greta Thunberg has already received a number of awards that give her some influence and wealth.
An important prize in her career is winning the writing competition on the subject of environmental politics, without which she would not have been known at first. In 2018, Greta was included in the list of the 25 most influential teenagers of the year for the first time, in 2019 she can already be found among the 100 most influential people of the year. In 2019, Greta was also voted Sweden’s most influential woman, received the Rachel Carson Prize and the Golden Camera, was honored by Amnesty International as an “Ambassador of Conscience” in September 2019 and received the International Children’s Peace Prize in November 2019.
Meanwhile, Greta’s views and words on the subject of environmental policy are known worldwide. She is considered extremely intelligent and articulate. In addition, she acts confidently and courageously – there is hardly a political figure that does not criticize Greta. All Greta wants is for people to wake up and become aware of the approaching catastrophe.
– “You are never too small to make a difference.”
– “I don’t really like being the center of attention. All my life I’ve been that invisible girl in the background that nobody sees and nobody listens to.”
– “The climate crisis has already been solved. We already have all the facts and solutions. All we have to do is wake up and start making changes.”
– “You say you love your children more than anything and yet you steal their future in front of their eyes.”
– “I think it is incredible that people come here to talk about climate change and come in their private jets.”
Asperger’s syndrome is considered a mild form of autism. However, Greta Thunberg does not see Asperger’s syndrome as suffering but as help and motivation for her commitment to the climate. Thanks to Asperger’s Syndrome, she “sees the world from a different perspective”. Greta noticed this at the age of 8 when she learned about climate change at school and didn’t understand how to deal with the subject in a relaxed manner.
Despite her success, criticism and skepticism towards the environmental activist and the backers who are responsible for Greta Thunberg’s PR activities are now mounting.