Tracing the story of Greta Thunberg

By Toby Tunwase

The name Greta Thunberg has quickly become synonymous with climate change. However, very few people know the story of her early years before she became the passionate and impressive climate change activist known worldwide. Here is a brief map of the journey of the young climate activist, who, at such a young age, has made an enormous impact.

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Greta Tintin Eleonora Ernman Thunberg was born January 3, 2003, to an opera singer and actor. According to her, she first heard about the concept of climate change when she was only eight years of age, and she could scarcely understand why people were not talking about it or doing anything about it. The concept bothered her so much that she stopped eating and lost about 10 kilograms in two months. She also got depressed by the idea for about three to four years before deciding that she had to do something about it. This led to the famous call for school strikes, which soon gained popularity and shot her to the limelight. 

From local protests, Greta was soon at major seminars and protest platforms all over Europe and soon found herself in something of a battle with the then US President, Donald Trump. She also began to weigh in on non-climate change matters like the farmer.

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Her parents were not immediately supportive of all that she did. They mentioned that they didn’t like the concept of her missing school, but they never stopped her from having opinions and taking a stand. The world is grateful for that today.