Just a few months before the coronavirus outbreak, Swedish adolescent Greta Thunberg and her fellow campaigners held the greatest climate protest in history. The following lockdowns and the isolation of whole countries put an end to Thunberg’s climate campaign.
The young Swede is now back in the news two years later, though, thanks to a new important job: Thunberg has been appointed an ambassador for a Swedish humanitarian organisation.
The foundation in question is called Min Stora Dag, which translates to “My Special Day” in English. It was founded in 2000. It gives very sick children their wishes and offers them, their families, and unforgettable experiences.
The development of Thunberg into one of the most youthful activists
Thunberg, who was 15 at the time, gained notoriety when she protested in front of the Swedish legislature in 2018.
She carried a sign that read “School Strike for Climate” and asked the government to meet its carbon emission targets.
Her simple action inspired thousands of young people to organise their own strikes on a global scale.
By the end of 2018, she had more than 20,000 students from the UK to Japan joining her in her protest.
A year later, she received the first of three nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize for her work on climate change.
Greta Thunberg’s go-to song is “Fridays For Future.”
Thunberg founded the “Fridays On Future” movement in 2018, which encourages students to leave class in order to demand that their governments take action on climate change, as it is stated on her now-famous placard. In order to pressure her government to cut emissions by 15% annually, Thunberg organised a two-week strike when she was a ninth grader outside the Swedish parliament.
The largest climate protest in history, she was joined in that September strike by 4 million people from 161 other nations. Following that day of demonstrations, Thunberg gave an emotional speech to world leaders at the UN Climate Action Summit.
Having Asperger’s syndrome, Greta Thunberg
In the 1940s, an Austrian paediatrician named Hans Asperger is credited with defining some of the signs and symptoms of Asperger’s syndrome. Among these symptoms were social awkwardness and an inability to comprehend nonverbal signs like body language. He bears the name Asperger’s syndrome. In 2013, the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder included Asperger’s syndrome.
Asperger’s syndrome sufferers are frequently known for being frank, speaking their views, being honest and resolute, as well as having a strong sense of social justice, according to Tony Attwood, a prominent authority on the disorder. More boys than girls are diagnosed.
The time period since Thunberg’s diagnosis is over seven years. She has acknowledged that her ability to see things in such stark contrast contributed in part to her passion for her work on the impending climate catastrophe.
Life of a great ambassador
The 19-year-old Swedish climate activist has been working with the group for a while, but she has now taken it a step further by being dubbed Min Stora Dag’s official ambassador.
Thunberg is still engaged in his ongoing battle to protect the environment, and he is still trying to stop climate change. At her new job, she now has a new task to accomplish. In a video posted to Min Stora Dag’s website, she explains how honoured she is to be given this responsibility.
Since she initially sat on the cobblestones in front of the Swedish parliament at the age of 15 holding a massive handmade sign that read, “School Strike for Climate,” Greta has been urging people to take action—to change the way we live and stop the immense demands that we impose on the world. As the now-famous Climate Clock reminds us, time is limited.