- Greta Tintin Eleonora Ernman Thunberg is a Swedish environmental activist who is universally known for challenging world leaders to take immediate action for climate change mitigation.
- When she was eight, she started learning about climate change. The more she learned, the more baffled she became as to why so little was being done about it.
- Greta has Asperger syndrome, a condition that affects how people socialise. But Greta views her condition as a positive, calling it her “superpower”! She says it helps her see the world in black and white, and that there are “no grey areas when it comes to climate change.”
- She founded the School Strike for Climate and sat calmly outside the Swedish Parliament to try and get the government to act fast to stop global warming.
- Greta inspired other teenage activists to speak up about other issues, such as gun violence.
- In March 2019, climate campaigners across the world, and inspired by Greta, came together to co-ordinate the first Global Strike for Climate. It was huge – over 1.6 million people from 125 countries took part!
- She was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize but sadly didn't receive the award.
I have recently also watched the BBC documentary about her and it is fascinating to see how our environment affects the younger generation. I know my own daughter is very conscious of plastic products and understands why eating local food and buying local is always the best for the planet and with so much information out there about how humans are damaging the Earth and the delicate ecosystems and habitats; is it any wonder that the younger generations have increased mental health issues as a result? Something that really, really, REALLY ticked me off was the media and the comments that people have been making about her. Claiming her to be 'just a child with mental health issues' and people have nothing but horrid things to say about this young person who just wants the suits to wake up and realise that THIS. IS. HAPPENING. Our world is changing and we are literally running out of time to stop it from happening.
I've broken climate change down into things that we (as a family) can take steps towards and also things that the government and leaders of the world need to do - even if we are pushing them like moody toddlers towards the right thing to do. Here are just a few of mine:
- I am a vegetarian. I do not consume dairy but do eat my own chickens eggs and local honey and so I am not classed as a vegan. Dairy and meat industries are some of the biggest sources of CO2 in the world.
- We recycle A LOT!
- We try to buy food in as little packaging as possible and if it has packaging, we make sure it can be recycled.
- I grow my own fruits and vegetables.
- I buy as much as I can second hand or get gifted lots of things - especially children's clothes.
- It seems so cliche writing this, but I have chosen an energy company that thrives on 100% renewable energy and also offers a green tariff! 😉
- I ask for providence. I always ask where my products come from and prefer to buy local.
Sometimes the smaller steps get us further in the long run. I would love to know what steps you have made towards being more eco-friendly, or indeed the reasons why you haven't.