Greta Thunberg Biography
Greta Thunberg is a Swedish environmental activist. After recognizing the lack of action in combating the global climate crisis, Greta felt the need to make a difference. She started off by changing her family’s lifestyle and realized that she could hope for change. After winning an essay-writing competition on climate change, she was inspired to hold school strikes. She started off by skipping school to protest outside the Swedish parliament. Her demands were that Sweden should follow the outline provided by the Paris Agreement. After her cause went viral on social media, she inspired many other peers to do the same and her movement came to be known as ‘Fridays for Future’. Since then, Greta has plunged herself and traveled across the world to give speeches. She has spoken at climate rallies, conferences, the COP 24 summit, and at the World Economic Forum. Her speeches have impacted many changes and stirred many politicians into action. She was named as the ‘next generation leader’ by Time Magazine and has many honors and awards to her name. More recently, she was the subject of the documentary ‘Make the World Greta Again’ and made the headlines after embarking on a carbon neutral transatlantic voyage from Plymouth to New York.
Svante Thunberg, Malena Ernman
Beata Ernman Thunberg
Greta Thunberg was born on 3 January 2003 in Stockholm, Sweden. She is the daughter of the actor, Svante Thunberg, and the Swedish opera singer, Malena Ernman. She is also the granddaughter of the actor and director Olof Thunberg. She has a sister named Beata Ernman.
At such a young age, Thunberg has stirred many and inspired thousands of school children. This has been described as the ‘Greta Thunberg Effect,’ which calls for the need for action and focus on climate change. Many politicians and personalities have cited her role in reawakening their conscience. Many publishers attribute Greta’s consistent activism directly to the rise of sales of children’s books addressing the climate crisis. Many philanthropists and investors reached forward and donated to various funds after being inspired by Greta.
By the end of 2018, Thunberg became among the most recognized teenagers in the world. She was awarded the Fryshuset scholarship of the Young Role Model of the Year. Later, she was named as one of the world’s most influential teenagers in 2018 by Time magazine. In March 2019, on International Women’s Day, she was announced as the most important woman of the year in Sweden based on a survey. Later in the month, she won the German Goldene Kamera Special Climate Protection award. Her other honors include the Prix Liberté from Normandy, the Norwegian Fritt Ords Prize, Laudato Si' Prize, Geddes Environment Medal, and the Ambassador of Conscience award. She has also been nominated as a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019. She was named among the 100 Most Influential People of 2019 by Time Magazine. Later, she was also awarded an honorary degree by the University of Mons.
2020 - International Prize for Significant Contribution to the Development of Professional, Scientific and Social Activities, Transformation of the World Around and Humanity (Dubai, OAE)