Published on March 3, 2020 | Education News
International Women’s Day: Honoring Greta Thunberg
Happy International Women’s Day!
This women’s day we would like to honor, Greta Thunberg, a 17-year-old girl from Sweden who is fighting to save the health of our planet! In August of 2018, she took a stand to fight against ignorant ‘people in power’ who promise the world a better future but do nothing to protect it.
“I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act!”, she said at the World Economic Forum held in Switzerland.
With the support of over 4 million people all around the world, she led campaigns and protests so that people wake up and take action against climate change.
We chose to feature Greta on women’s day because we’re in awe of how an ordinary teenage girl built up the courage to stand up and fight for what she believes in.
Not only are we inspired by her dauntlessness but we also believe that she’s standing up for the most crucial and alarming problem that puts all of us at risk! She is a wake-up call that we all need to take climate change seriously.
Her climate strikes have brought millions of people to take stand and voice out. Leonardo Di Caprio who himself is an environmentalist shared a picture of the two, captioning it;
“There are few times in human history where voices are amplified at such pivotal moments and in such transformational ways – but Greta Thunberg has become a leader of our time.”
However, she has also drawn the attention of many industrialists and businessmen whose pockets would hurt if her campaign is taken too seriously!
Speaking of businessmen, Donald Trump reacted to her speech at the UN by tweeting, “seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future”, which was a clear mockery. Putin also lashed out by calling her ‘a kind but poorly informed teenager’.
Nonetheless, she doesn’t let such criticism get to her. Her father Svante Thunberg told the news that she seems to deal with criticism fairly well;
“Quite frankly, I don’t know how she does it, but she laughs most of the time. She finds it hilarious.”
Greta Thunberg was born on January 3, 2003, in Sweden, to an opera singer Malena Ernman and actor Svante Thunberg.
She was only 8 years old when she first got familiar with climate change and wondered why so little (or perhaps nothing) was done to solve the climate crisis. Unlike most 8-year-olds, she completely immersed her time and energy in understanding more about the environment and the dangers we’re facing.
Thunberg eventually fell into depression because she couldn’t fathom why no one cared about the future of our planet. Her depression started to take a toll on her when she stopped speaking and lost around 10kgs.
Eventually, she was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. Thunberg claims that her ailment actually made her the person she is, “superpower” is what she chooses to call it!
It all began when Greta skipped school one afternoon in August of 2018 and decided to camp in front of the Swedish Parliament with a slogan written in Swedish that read ‘School Strike for Climate’.
People passing by saw a little girl with a backpack and a banner, it was like any other day in Sweden. She was alone the whole day except for a few journalists who stopped by to speak to her.
The next day when she sat down with her banner, a stranger joined her. Over the next few days, people started taking notice and a group of two became a group of hundred and eventually, an army of a thousand protestors (mostly children her age) stood by her side.
Her small decision created a wave of impact in no time. Over the following months, she delivered a speech at the U.N. addressing issues related to climate change, spoke with the Pope and inspired people all around the globe.
Over 30,000 teenagers from Germany took to the streets with similar banners and protested for their voices to be heard.
In London and New York, around 350,000 people swarmed the streets with huge posters of Greta.
On September 20, 2019, over 4 million people joined the global strike on climate change.
This is by far the largest and most influential climate strike ever demonstrated in human history.
What makes her stand out is not that she is fighting for the environment, millions have already done that. She doesn’t worry about being crumpled down by political parties, she’s fearless in regards to speaking up for what is right.
Her relentlessness has started a revolution, which many call the “Greta Thunberg effect”. She’s just a 17-year-old, but has managed to do more than what most of us can summon the courage to do!
Through this post, we hope to inspire all the women (and men) to take a step towards sustainability. It’s good to know that many millennials are looking for a career in advanced environmental science and sustainable development.
In fact, many universities have also introduced additional courses on sustainability, especially in the field of construction and development. This is definitely a step towards a brighter and safer future.
It is important to understand that saving the planet is not only Greta Thunberg’s responsibility, but it’s also yours, mine and everyone else’s.
Start by carrying a cloth bag, be considerate about how much water you use, plant a tree, avoid purchasing non-reusable items, and most importantly, speak up!
“Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects” – Dalai Lama
Happy International Women’s Day!