Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg celebrated her seventeenth birthday today not with cake, but with an hour-long protest at the parliament in Stockholm.
“I’m not the kind of person who celebrates birthdays,” the teenager said. I stand here as usual from 8 am to 3 pm. Then I go home.
Thunberg has had a busy year. She travelled the world to demand that governments take more action against climate change. It was a strange and busy year.
But also a great year because I have found something that I want to do with my life. And what I do has an impact, “said the activist.
The teenager started her so-called climate strike when she was fifteen. She skipped school to take action at the Swedish parliament. That made her world-famous. The American weekly magazine Time named Thunberg last month Person of the Year 2019.
Last week, Greta’s father Svante Thunberg told British broadcaster BBC that he was worried about the lessons his daughter would miss when she started her weekly strike. The prospect of the “hatred” that the teenager would get over him was also a cause for concern.
Greta’s parents turned into her most prominent supporters when they saw how the girl left years of depression behind and blossomed. The three to four-year depression of Greta was “the ultimate nightmare” for her parents, says father Svante.