This 15-year-old autistic girl spends her Fridays on the steps of Sweden’s Parliament trying to wake people up – especially public officials – about the climate crisis.
“I am doing this because nobody else is doing anything.” she says.
“It is my moral responsibility to do what I can.
“I want the politicians to prioritize the climate question, focus on the climate and treat it like a crisis.”
Her story has been published in the New Yorker and other online publications, and is widely spread in social media.
She addressed 10,000 people in Helsinki.
She is the most recent emergent Hero on a quest to save all life on Earth from heat and famine.
“The politics that’s needed to prevent the climate catastrophe — it doesn’t exist today.
“We need to change the system, as if we were in crisis, as if there were a war going on.”
Greta was recently nominated for the Childen’s Climate Prize, but declined it because if she won she would have to take a plane to go get the prize.
“Our generation will never be able to fly (among other things), other than for emergencies.
“Because the adult generations have used up all our carbon budget.
“And the least we can do, starting today, is to stay on the ground, stop eating meat and dairy and promote a shopstop movement.”