Spotlight: Greta Thunberg

By 15 years old most of us have simple dreams. Maybe a learners permit, or surviving high school.

Greta Thunberg however took on speaking to the United Nations Climate Change Conference.

Her name is not one you’re likely to hear everywhere. She is from Sweden, and speaks on behalf of Climate Justice Now.

Her mother is an opera singer and her father is an actor, which one could say would make her primed for the spotlight. However, her autism diagnosis might cancel out the initial thought.

Of course, you’d be wrong. Rather than sing and dance Greta took to the podium to speak the truth: she is a child who is scared of the effects of climate change on her world.

She gave up education for a month in lieu of protesting outside the National Legislature with a sign encouraging a school strike until the 2018 Sweden General Election in September. Even when she was back in classes she continued to strike, and encouraged over 20,000 other students to do the same all over the world.

On 24 November 2018, she spoke at TEDxStockholm. She speaks about autism as a way to explain why she cannot understand the inaction of governments and of citizens on climatic threat.

Towards the conclusion of her talk, Thunberg said, “We’ve had thirty years of pep-talking and selling positive ideas. And I’m sorry, but it doesn’t work. Because if it would have, the emissions would have gone down by now—they haven’t.”

Please watch her talk below and see why we at Live Free Be Strong applaud this young woman’s actions and can’t wait to see what she does with her passion and extraordinary ability!