In addition to reducing her emissions, and those of her family – becoming vegan and stopping air travel altogether, she’s raised her voice to beg for action from world leaders.
Inspired by the response of students in the wake of the Stoneman Douglas High School shootings, Thunberg refused to go to school and instead went to the Swedish parliament to demand answers and action.
Her speeches beseech lawmakers to unite behind the science: there is an irreversible chain reaction that threatens humanity if we don’t keep global warming below 1.5 degrees celsius. We need to be talking about stopping emissions rather than reducing them, and the commitments in the Paris Climate Agreement aren’t nearly drastic enough.
Thunberg has a strong message for her detractors too, to the people that tell her to stay in school – she doesn’t need to become a climate scientist – the science has already spoken, screaming at us to take action. And there isn’t enough time to wait for her generation to become the ones in charge – by then, that irreversible chain reaction will already have been set in motion. So she’s gone straight to the top, to the people that can bring about drastic change, if only they’ll listen.
To date, she has participated in climate strikes across Europe and continued to deliver speeches to governing bodies around the world, including the World Economic Forum. It’s simple – if you want Greta Thunberg to stop repeating herself and stay in school, start listening and stop stealing her future.