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In Focus: Most Inspiring Moments From 16-Year-Old Activist Greta Thunberg

In Focus: Most Inspiring Moments From 16-Year-Old Activist Greta Thunberg

 

No one really is too young to make a difference, and 16-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg has proven this. She's there standing up against government inaction when she should be in school learning and enjoying a simple and healthy teenage life. She's aware of what's expected of her, but how can she turn a blind eye when the world is being constantly threatened by global warming?

At such an early age, this Swedish advocate has already been a househould name in climate dialogues inspiring a bigger movement among her fellow youth. Not even her selective mutism condition and inability to vote could stop her from talking. She just has to do something one way or another because, at the end of the day, she knows we have nowhere to go but this planet. Check out some of the moments when Greta has encouraged us to do the same:

She put her advocacy into writing.

Greta won a debate article competition through her essay "We know — and we can do something now" which tackles the misconceptions on Sweden emissions and calls on the government to take responsibility in saving people amidst climate change. She was only 15 by then, but she has understood the situation more than most of us.

 
 
 
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She quit flying.

Definitely not a fan of fossil fuel, Greta gave up travelling by plane and instead made a 15-day voyage from England to New York City via a carbon-neutral boat to attend the UN summit. If this isn't what it means to live for what you are fighting for, we don't know what is.

 
 
 
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She leads the #FridaysForFuture campaign.

What started out as a one-man "School Strike for Climate" rally outside the Swedish Parliament turned into a weekly worldwide demonstration. Greta successfully awakened both the youth and adults about the current condition of the world and pioneered a global fight. The Greta Thunberg effect is real, people.

 
 
 
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She schooled congress on science.

“If you want advice for what you should do, invite scientists, ask scientists for their expertise. We don’t want to be heard. We want the science to be heard," Greta bluntly told lawmakers during climate crisis meeting in the US Senate where she was asked on what they can do to combat the issue—something obviously can be best answered by experts.

 
 
 
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She took a stand at the UN Summit.

To witness Greta actually voicing out what we all had in mind in front of world leaders is probably the most satisfying and empowering moment of hers to date. When she said, "How dare you continue to look away and come here saying that you're doing enough when the politics and solutions needed are still nowhere in sight," we felt that.

A 16-year-old has woken up, and it's time that we should, too. We may not be able to join school strikes, but there are many ways we could do what is needed of us from the very beginning: To be heard, and at least pay attention. Those in power may run out of excuses to save the planet, but Greta and all of us shouldn't run out of reasons to speak our minds and do what we can to save our only home. 

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