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Now is one of those moments. Her father said he does not like her missing school but said: "[We] respect that she wants to make a stand. She can either sit at home and be really unhappy, or protest, and be happy". She did it to save her child because she saw how much it meant to her, and then, when she did that, she saw how much Greta grew from that, how much energy she got from it. School strike for climate sign, Stockholm , August Bicycle in Stockholm with references to Thunberg: "The climate crisis must be treated as a crisis!

The climate is the most important election issue! In an interview with Amy Goodman from Democracy Now! In part, she wrote "I want to feel safe. How can I feel safe when I know we are in the greatest crisis in human history? Thunberg attended a few of their meetings.

She says: "As people they think what I am doing is good, but as teachers they say I should stop. After the December general elections, Thunberg continued to strike only on Fridays. She inspired school students across the globe to take part in student strikes.

That month, more than 20, students had held strikes in at least cities. According to her father, her activism has not interfered with her schoolwork, but she has had less spare time. France 24 reported that several crew would fly to New York to sail the yacht back to Europe. Together, the group announced they had made an official complaint against five nations that are not on track to meet the emission reduction targets they committed to in their Paris Agreement pledges: Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, and Turkey.

I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to us young people for hope? How dare you! You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.

People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction. And all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. The mayor of Montreal gave her the Freedom of the City. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in attendance, and Thunberg spoke briefly with him. However, it was announced on short notice that COP25 was to be moved to Madrid, Spain, because of serious public unrest in Chile.

Her departing message was the same as it has been since she began her activism: "My message to the Americans is the same as to everyone — that is to unite behind the science and to act on the science. The BBC subsequently released a podcast [73] containing these interviews and other highlights. On 11 January Thunberg called on German company Siemens to stop the delivery of railway equipment to the controversial Carmichael coal mine operated by a subsidiary of Indian company Adani Group in Australia, [74] but on 13 January Siemens said that it would continue to honour its contract with Adani.

Thunberg used many of the themes contained in her previous speeches, but focused on one in particular: "Our house is still on fire. There she declared that she considered the new proposal for a climate law published by the European Commission to be a surrender.

She argues that her generation may not have a future any more, because "that future was sold so that a small number of people could make unimaginable amounts of money".

Speaking in Madrid in December , she said: "We talk about our future, they talk about their present.

She said that everyone must fight the climate crisis and coronavirus pandemic simultaneously and not allow the health crisis to delay action on cutting carbon emissions. In an interview during a New Scientist podcast, she said a collective decision was taken at an emergency remote meeting of the Fridays for Future movement to conduct virtual protests during the pandemic.

It also shows that once we are in an emergency, we can act and we can change our behaviour quickly. This is deeply felt by young people. No wonder they are angry. Putin criticised her as "poorly informed": "No one has explained to Greta that the modern world is complex and different and people in Africa or in many Asian countries want to live at the same wealth level as in Sweden.

Over and over again. It is shameful that the world remains silent about this". When asked about this subject two days later, Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro responded: "Greta said that the Indians were dying because they were trying to protect the Amazon. It is impressive how the press gives voice to such a brat. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction ". Trump wrote about Thunberg, tweeting: "She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future.

So nice to see! Chill Greta, Chill! Currently chilling and watching a good old fashioned movie with a friend. We thank you. All the young people who have gone on strike have held up a mirror to our society … you have taught us all a really important lesson.

You have stood out from the crowd. Publishers attribute this to the "Greta effect". Thunberg backed the campaign to fly less, and made it part of her "awareness tour" in Europe. In , Thunberg contributed a voiceover for a release of " The ", a song by the English band by the same name. Thunberg finishes the song by urging: "So, everyone out there, it is now time for civil disobedience. It is time to rebel.

She says she has no interest in trademarks, but "it needs to be done" because her name and movement were constantly being used for commercial purposes without consent.

Before the start of her school strike in May , she was one of the winners of a climate change essay competition by Svenska Dagbladet The Swedish Daily News for young people. Thunberg dedicated the prize to the activists protesting against the destruction of the Hambach Forest, which is threatened by lignite mining. Thunberg donated her share of the prize money to a lawsuit seeking to halt Norwegian oil exploration in the Arctic.


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