Greta Thunberg, the pioneer of climate activism, turns 18

Sweden's Thunberg pioneered a climate change campaign that swelled from a one-person school strike by the then 15-year-old to a worldwide movement, drawing in millions of school children, and adults too, who are demanding action on climate change. She celebrates her 18th birthday on Sunday.

Let's take a look at her journey towards fame:

 

Protest over school

August 20, 2018: Swedish student Greta Thunberg, then aged 15, skips school to protest outside parliament for more action against climate change.

(Photograph:AFP)

Let the striking begin!

September 2018: Thunberg begins a regular ''strike'' from classes every Friday to protest climate issues. She invites other students to join her weekly "Fridays for Future" campaign by staging walkouts at their own schools.

(Photograph:AFP)

Speaks at the World Economic Forum

January 25, 2019: Swedish youth climate activist Greta Thunberg delivers a speech during the closing day of the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, eastern Switzerland. 

(Photograph:AFP)

Nobel Peace Prize nomination

March 2019: she is nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. 

(Photograph:Reuters)

Participates in Britain protests

August 14, 2019: Thunberg sets sail from Britain for the United States to take part in a United Nations climate summit. 

(Photograph:Reuters)

Protests outside the White House

September 13, 2019: she takes her mission to U.S. President Donald Trump's doorstep with a protest outside the White House.

(Photograph:AFP)

Invited to the US Congress

September 18, 2019: she is one of four students invited to a US congressional hearing to provide the next generation's views on climate change.

(Photograph:AFP)

Berated world leaders

September 25: she berated world leaders as she addressed a UN climate summit on Monday, accusing them of betraying her generation by failing to tackle greenhouse gas emissions and asking "How dare you?"

(Photograph:AFP)

Time's Person of The Year

December 2019: she is named the world's most influential person by Time magazine, appearing on its cover. 

(Photograph:Twitter)

Thanks supporters for well-wishes

Thunberg took to Twitter to thank people for their wishes and saying we can find her at a local pub exposing "dark secrets"

"Thank you so much for all the well-wishes on my 18th birthday! Tonight you will find me down at the local pub exposing all the dark secrets behind the climate- and school strike conspiracy and my evil handlers who can no longer control me! I am free at last!!", said Thunberg.

(Photograph:Twitter)

Read in App