Greta Thunberg holding a placard to protest against climate change outside the Swedish parliament. Photograph:( AFP )
She complained that people were hijacking her name and campaign for fraudulent purposes.
The 17-year-old took to Instagram on Wednesday to express her annoyance and to inform her followers of the future course of action of her campaign.
"My name and the #FridaysForFuture movement are constantly being used for commercial purposes without any consent whatsoever," she wrote in a post she shared her Instagram account.
She complained that "there are still people who are trying to impersonate me or falsely claim that they 'represent' me in order to communicate with high profile people, politicians, media, artists etc."
There had also been incidents of marketing, selling products and collection of money "in my and the movement's name," she wrote.
"That is why I've applied to register my name, Fridays For Future as trademarks. This action is to protect the movement and its activities."
Impostors, trademarks, commercial interests, royalties and foundation... First: Unfortunately there are still people who are trying to impersonate me or falsely claim that they "represent" me in order to communicate with high profile people, politicians, media, artists etc. Please be aware that this is happening and be extremely suspicious if you are contacted by ”me” or someone saying they ”represent” me. I apologize to anyone who has been contacted - and even misled - by this kind of behavior. Second: My name and the #FridaysForFuture movement are constantly being used for commercial purposes without any consent whatsoever. It happens for instance in marketing, selling of products and people collecting money in my and the movement’s name. That is why I’ve applied to register my name, Fridays For Future, Skolstrejk för klimatet etc as trademarks. This action is to protect the movement and its activities. It is also needed to enable my pro bono legal help to take necessary action against people or corporations etc who are trying to use me and the movement in purposes not in line with what the movement stands for. I assure you, I and the other school strikers have absolutely no interests in trademarks. But unfortunately it needs to be done. Fridays For Future is a global movement founded by me. It belongs to anyone taking part in it, above all the young people. It can - and must - not be used for individual or commercial purposes. And third: together with my family I’m setting up a foundation. It’s already registered and existing, but it not is not yet up and running. This is strictly nonprofit of course and there are no interests in philanthropy. It is just something that is needed for handling money (book royalties, donations, prize money etc) in a completely transparent way. For instance, taxes have to be paid before we can give them away to specified purposes and charities. This takes a lot of time and work, and when the foundation is fully up and running I will tell you more. The foundation’s aim will be to promote ecological, climatic and social sustainability as well as mental health. Love/ Greta
This move would allow legitimate action against persons or companies trying to hijack her name or the movement's which are not in line with its values.
"I assure you, I and the other school strikers have absolutely no interests in trademarks. But unfortunately, it needs to be done," she said on the social network.
She insisted that the foundation would be "completely transparent," for instance, with regard to the taxes it has to pay.
"The foundation's aim will be to promote ecological, climatic and social sustainability, as well as mental health," the campaigner wrote.
Thunberg, whose protests have attracted millions of young people across the globe, also said she was setting up a non-profit-making foundation to handle the financial side of "Fridays for Future", such as book royalties, donations and prize money.
Thunberg said she had also applied to trademark "Skolstrejk for klimatet" (school strike for the climate) in Swedish which is written on the placard she has held since she started her one-person protest outside the Swedish parliament in 2018, for which she missed school.
Since then, she has become the face behind the worldwide climate change protests and movements, particularly for youngsters.
Thunberg was also thoroughly criticized from climate changes deniers, who accused her of being manipulated by a "green lobby".
Thunberg, who was the centre of attraction at the Global Economic Forum in Davos this month, along her fellow teen activists in the movement asked politicians to listen to climate scientists and take action to control global warming.