What was the most impactful thing you did when you were 16?
Most of us were busy focusing on how much we were going to score in our upcoming exams. With such myopic vision towards our personal goals, we probably neglected the larger purpose of our life on earth, of the role we ought to proactively take to make it a better place for our generations to come.
In this edition of Rubaroo, we would like you to meet an inspiring young soul who is an exception to this stereotypical formulaic way of living and running a rat-race. Greta Thunberg, a 16 year old environmentalist, who featured on TIME’s Most Influential People Of 2019 list is a climate change warrior every individual must know of and learn from. She started a global disruption demanding political action to save the environment. For her massive contribution towards climate change advocacy, she has also been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. In August 2018, she started the movement ‘School strike for the climate’ outside the Swedish Parliament, which is now a global phenomenon and involving over 100,000 school children worldwide. The movement is now called Fridays for Future. On 24 May 2019, the demonstrations for the same took place in 2,052 locations across 123 countries. In our country, over 500 students across NCR joined the movement.
Born on January 3, 2003, Greta learned about the effects of Climate Change at a tender age of 8 and at 11 years she was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, OCD, and selective mutism. It is ironic that her metal ailments may be both a consequence of pollution and a cause of her single-minded focus on climate injustice.
Walking the talk: Greta believes in leading with examples. Not only has she herself turned vegan but she has also convinced her parents to follow the lifestyle. She doesn’t use air-transport so as to reduce her carbon footprint regardless of several invitations that she receives across the globe. Her mother, who is an international opera singer has given up on her international career to avoid flying.
On November 24, 2018, she spoke at TEDx Stockholm:
To track the Schools strike for climate change globally and be a part of the movement, you can log on to its official website: