Five inspirations from Greta Thunberg

Teenage activist Greta Thunberg has sparked a generation to take action for climate change. Here are five ways she has inspired and continues to inspire millions.

1. Before she launched the Fridays for future movement, Greta started making changes at home. She challenged her family to lower their carbon footprint. This meant moving to a plant-based diet and giving up plane travel.

2. Greta calls her autism her superpower. She has explained how seeing the world in very clear, stark terms has helped her see the urgency of the climate crisis.

"When haters go after your looks and differences, it means they have nowhere left to go. And then you know you’re winning! I have Aspergers and that means I’m sometimes a bit different from the norm. And - given the right circumstances- being different is a superpower. #aspiepower"

3. She published her first book, a collection of her climate action speeches, No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference, in May 2019. She is donating the earnings to charity.

"The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us, I say, we will never forgive you." 

Greta Thunberg

Speech at U.N. climate summit, September 2019

4. To attend the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York, Greta crossed the Atlantic Ocean in a carbon neutral racing boat. While it sounds somewhat glamorous, for the duration of the two-week crossing she ate freeze-dried food and used a bucket as toilet.

5. When Thunberg won the Prix Liberté, a new award designed to honor a young person 'engaged in a fight for peace and freedom', she donated the €25,000 (over $41,000 CAD) to four climate justice organizations, including CARE.

Climate Action week takes place from September 20-27, 2019