The Young Activist Advocating for the Environment
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The Young Activist Advocating for the Environment

Much to the world’s delight, a new climate advocate is making headlines globally. Greta Thunberg is a Swedish activist who began protesting outside the Swedish parliament in August 0f 2018 while she was still 15 years old.

Her school strike for climate change was propelled by the need for immediate action to combat climate change. This strike attracted media attention and she has since become a spokesperson for the environment. People have been calling her a “climate activist” as she has inspired other students to protest against climate change.

Thunberg was also labeled the “greatest threat” to the fossil fuel industry.

Her demands include that the Swedish government reduces its carbon emission in accord with the Paris Agreement. She protested by sitting outside the Riksdag every day for three weeks.

After October 2018, Thunberg’s activism evolved from solitary protesting to taking part in demonstrations throughout Europe; making several high profile public speeches, and mobilizing her growing number of followers on.

Thunberg inspired a number of her age-related peers in what is described as the “Greta Thunberg effect.” In fact, various politicians also acknowledged the need to focus on climate change. Wealthy philanthropists and investors from the United States donated half a million pounds to support Extinction Rebellion – an environmental advocacy organization that is tied to Thunberg’s advocacy.