Usually, most 20-year-olds are out there trying to graduate from college or trying to find entry-level positions in various companies as they try to figure out what life’s about. However, Greta Thunberg seems to have everything figured out; she has chosen her path and is committed to it. Born in 2003, Greta Thunberg is a Swedish environmentalist committed to fighting climate change and making the world a better place. In her short career, she has had meetings with some of the world’s most powerful leaders and featured in various influential magazines. She has often stolen the headlines and is not shy of online battles. Here, we discuss some astonishing Greta Thunberg facts, some of which you might be unfamiliar with.

1. At 15 Years Old, Greta Thunberg Started Skipping School and Protesting for Climate Change

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During the later months of 2018, Greta Thunberg stopped attending her classes. Instead, she went to the Swedish parliament to demonstrate on the effects of climate change. Greta continued to picket even after the elections until Sweden became compliant with the Paris Climate Agreement. She was only 15 years old at the time.

2. Thunberg Called World Leaders Immature During the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference

While she was still a teenager, speaking at the 2018 UN Climate Change Summit, Greta Thunberg told world leaders that they were not mature enough to address climate issues as they are. A clip of her uttering these words went viral, reaching around 10 million people.

3. Greta’s Parents Were Not Environmentalists

Greta’s dad, Svante Thunberg, was an actor. Her mother, Malena Emman, was an opera singer. They never considered fighting for climate change at any point in their careers. Also, her parents tried to stop her when she first started advocating for climate change.

4. Thunberg First Heard about Climate Change When She Was 8 Years Old

Greta Thunberg heard about climate change and its effects when she was 8. She was so shocked that nothing was being done about what was happening. When she was 11, she stopped talking and eating and lost 10 kilograms within two months. It was during this period that she was also diagnosed with selective mutism.

5. She’s One of the Top 10 Environmental Activists

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Nearly all environmental bodies recognize Greta Thunberg as one of the top 10 activists for climate change. She has been ranked alongside known activists like Kenya’s Wangari Maathai, David Attenborough, Paul Watson and Malaika Vaz. Her contributions are outstanding, given none of the the top environmental activists are her age mates.

6. Greta Has Asperger’s Syndrome

Asperger’s Syndrome is an autistic disorder that makes the patient obsessed with one or two things – Greta has admitted that she has Asperger’s Syndrome. Fortunately, she has managed to turn her situation into a motivation to achieve her ambitions.

7. Greta Thunberg Had a Twitter War with the Controversial Andrew Tate

When Greta Thunberg posted on Twitter (now X) in 2022, a controversial internet personality, Andrew Tate, commented, “Please provide your email address so I can send a complete list of my car collection and their enormous emissions.” Greta replied with “smalld*”. This sent the internet into a frenzy, attracting millions of likes and thousands of comments. Social media enthusiasts labelled it the biggest clapback of 2022.

8. Not Everyone Likes Greta Thunberg

Even though Greta Thunberg purports to fight for a good course, she receives a substantial amount of hate from people, especially on social media. Some people allege that Greta is mentally unwell and is promoting anxiety among children.

9. Greta Does Not Use Air Transport

Because of the environmental effects of airplanes, Greta and her family do not travel by air; she primarily uses trains as her means of transportation. Greta sailed on a zero-emission yacht across the Atlantic when attending the UN climate summit. Also, the family uses an electric car to run errands. However, there are rumors that Greta owns a private jet, which she has vehemently refuted.

10. Greta Thunberg is Vegan

Despite being a known environmentalist, Greta Thunberg is a vegan. She quit eating animal-based products when she turned 10 and has since featured in a film called For Nature, sponsored by a vegan charity called Mercy for Animals. Greta Thunberg has also mentioned in an interview that she stopped her parents from eating meat.

11. Greta Writes Her Own Speeches

There has been speculation that Greta’s speeches are written for her. But the environmentalist has since rubbished the claims on her Facebook page, saying she writes her speeches. However, she agrees that she often consults a group of scientists, including Glen Peters and Johan Rockstorm, who fact-check and offer their much-needed input.

12. She Was the 2019 Time’s Person of the Year

Time’s Magazine chose Greta Thunberg as the Person of the Year 2019. This was after the huge strides that the environmentalist had made in advocating for climate change.

13. Greta Thunberg’s Inspiration is Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks is famous for not giving up her seat to a white man on a bus in Alabama in 1955. She initiated the civil rights movement in the United States and inspired not just Martin Luther King Jr but Greta Thunberg. In an interview with Rolling Stones magazine, Greta mentions that Rosa Parks’ works inspired her and that she has been her role model ever since she was young.

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Last Update: February 28, 2024