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Greta Thunberg Famous For

Swedish environmental activist, Greta Thunberg is recognized worldwide for challenging world leaders to take immediate action for climate change mitigation. Climate change activist, Greta first gained recognition for her straightforward and blunt-speaking manner, both in public and to political leaders and assemblies. She is known for her work in raising global awareness of the problems by climate change and the lack of action needed to be taken by politicians. 

Who is Great Thunberg?

Greta Thunberg (born January 3, 2003) is an environmental activist from Stockholm, Sweden who came to fame with her fiery speeches and sustained campaigns that made her a global icon in the fight against institutional inaction on climate change. It was in 2011 she stated that she first read about climate change but was disappointed with the fact that so little was being done about it. Greta, at age 15, came into public appearance in August 2018 after she started protesting outside the Swedish parliament, urging greater action on global warming after massive heat waves and wildfires were caused by Sweden’s hottest summer in 262 years. Soon enough, other students engaged in similar protests in their own communities. Together, the group organized a school climate strike movement under the banner "Fridays for Future". The strikes had a snowball effect; very soon, student strikes were being witnessed worldwide. 

Greta Thunberg, Swedish Environmental Activist

In 2019, there were multiple coordinated multi-city protests involving over a million students each. Her movement was even featured in a Vice documentary titled Make the World Greta Again in 2019. Her message is simple: the European Union must honor its commitment, as part of the Paris Agreement, to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by at least 40% by the year 2030. For her work, she has received numerous honors and awards, including an honorary Fellowship of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, inclusion in Time's 100 most influential people, being the youngest Time Person of the Year, inclusion in the Forbes list of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women (2019), and nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022. 

Everything To Know About Greta Thunberg

The 19-year-old, Greta Thunberg was born with the birth name of Greta Tintin Eleonora Ernman Thunberg. She is the daughter of her father, Svante Thunberg, and her mother, Malena Ernman. Her dad is an actor and her mum is a singer. She grew up with her younger sister namely Beata Ernman Thunberg who is a singer by profession. She first heard about climate change when she was eight and became depressed knowing that not much has been done about climate change. She was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and selective mutism. She is currently residing in Stockholm, Sweden which is her birthplace. 

What does Greta Thunberg do for a living? 

  • Greta Thunberg, at age 8, heard about climate change in 2011. The situation made her depressed. She struggled with depression for almost four years before starting her school strike campaign. Later, she was described as being not only the best-known climate change activist but also the best-known autism activist. For two years, she challenged her parents to lower the family's carbon footprint and overall impact on the environment by becoming vegan, upcycling, and giving up flying. 
  • In August 2018, she began the school climate strikes and public speeches for which she has become an internationally recognized climate activist. In an interview with Amy Goodman from Democracy Now!, she said she got the idea of a climate strike after school shootings in the United States in February 2018 led to several youths refusing to go back to school. 
  • Her later protest began after the heat waves and wildfires during Sweden's hottest summer in at least 262 years. Her demands were that the Swedish government reduce carbon emissions in accordance with the Paris Agreement, and she protested by sitting outside the Riksdag every day for three weeks during school hours with the sign Skolstrejk för klimatet (School strike for climate).


  • Next on, she posted a photo of her first strike day on Instagram and Twitter, other social media accounts quickly took up her cause. She was joined by other activists on another day. After the December 2018 general elections, she continued to strike only on Fridays. 
  • Her speech during the plenary session of the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24) went viral. She commented that the world leaders present were "not mature enough to tell it like it is". 
  • In Canada, she participated in climate protests in the cities of Montreal, Edmonton, and Vancouver including leading a climate rally as part of the 27 September 2019 Global Climate Strike in Montreal. While in the United States, Thunberg participated in climate protests in New York City.
  • On 14 December 2020, she used Twitter to criticize the New Zealand Labour Government's recent climate change emergency declaration as "virtue signalling", tweeting that New Zealand's Labour Government had only committed to reducing less than one percent of New Zealand's carbon emissions by 2025.
  • She criticized U.S. president Joe Biden, British prime minister Boris Johnson, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and other world leaders over their promises to address the climate crisis in a speech at the Youth4Climate Summit in Milan on September 28, 2021. 
  • At the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, she attended a panel on climate change hosted by British actress Emma Watson. In July 2022, she criticized the European Parliament on Twitter for voting to label fossil gas as "green" energy. In September 2022, she criticized the government for spending "all their time distracting, delaying and denying the necessary changes ahead of us. The emissions of CO2 are not reducing – they are still increasing." She continued by stating: "The world is still expanding fossil fuel infrastructure and pouring astronomical amounts of money into destruction. We are still speeding in the wrong direction. There is indeed a long way ahead of us — but we are still here and we are not planning on going anywhere."

Awards and Achievements

  • Time's 25 most influential teens of 2018, December 2018, an annual list compiled by Time magazine of the most influential teenagers in the world that year. 
  • Fryshuset scholarship, 2018, for Young Role Model of the Year. 
  • Nobel Peace Prize nomination, 2019, by three deputies of the Norwegian parliament. Again in 2020 by two Swedish lawmakers. Nominated in 2021 and 2022. 
  • Swedish Woman of the Year (Årets Svenska Kvinna), March 2019, awarded by the Swedish Women's Educational Association to "a Swedish woman who, through her accomplishments, has represented and brought attention to the Sweden of today in the greater world."
  • Rachel Carson Prize, March 2019, awarded to a woman who has distinguished herself in outstanding work for the environment in Norway or internationally. 
  • Goldene Kamera film and television awards, March 2019, special Climate Action Award. Thunberg dedicated the prize to the activists protesting against the destruction of the Hambach Forest, which is threatened by lignite mining. 
  • Fritt Ord Award, April 2019, shared with Natur og Ungdom, which "celebrates freedom of speech". Thunberg donated her share of the prize money to a lawsuit seeking to halt Norwegian oil exploration in the Arctic. 
  • Time 100, April 2019, by Time magazine, an annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world for that year. 
  • Laudato si' Prize, April 2019, awarded by the Milarepa Foundation of Chile and selected by the International Laudato Si' Group members under the second encyclical of Pope Francis, "on care for our common home". 
  • Honorary degree of Doctor honoris causa (dr.h.c.), May 2019, conferred by the Belgian, University of Mons (Mons, Belgium) for "contribution ... to raising awareness on sustainable development". 
  • Ambassador of Conscience Award, June 2019, Amnesty International's most prestigious award, for her leadership in the climate movement, shared with Fridays for Future. 
  • The Geddes Environment Medal, July 2019, by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, for "an outstanding practical, research or communications contribution to conservation and protection of the natural environment and the development of sustainability." 
  • Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, July 2019, automatically conferred with the Geddes award. 
  • Right Livelihood Award, September 2019, from the Right Livelihood Foundation and known as Sweden's alternative Nobel Prize, one of four 2019 winners, "for inspiring and amplifying political demands for urgent climate action reflecting scientific facts."
  • Keys to the City of Montréal, September 2019, by Mayor of Montréal Valérie Plante. 
  • International Children's Peace Prize, October 2019, shared with 14-year-old Divina Maloum from Cameroon, awarded by the KidsRights Foundation. 
  • Maphiyata echiyatan hin win (Woman Who Came from the Heavens), Lakota tribal name conferred, October 2019, at Standing Rock Indian Reservation, following support for the Dakota Access pipeline opposition, after being invited by Tokata Iron Eyes, a 16-year-old Lakota climate activist. 
  • Nordic Council Environment Prize, October 2019. Thunberg declined to accept the award or the prize money of DKK 350,000 (€47,000 as of October 2019) stating that Nordic countries were not doing enough to cut emissions. 
  • Time Person of the Year, December 2019, by Time magazine, the first recipient born in the 21st century and the youngest ever. For succeeding in "creating a global attitudinal shift, transforming millions of vague, middle-of-the-night anxieties into a worldwide movement calling for urgent change." And: "For sounding the alarm about humanity's predatory relationship with the only home we have, for bringing to a fragmented world a voice that transcends backgrounds and borders, for showing us all what it might look like when a new generation leads." 
  • Glamour Woman of the Year Award 2019, 12 November 2019, by Glamour magazine. Accepted by Jane Fonda, quoting Greta as saying "If a Swedish, teenage, science nerd who has shopstop, refuses to fly and has never worn makeup or been to a hairdresser can be chosen a Woman of the Year by one of the biggest fashion magazines in the world then I think almost nothing is impossible." 
  • She was recognized as one of the BBC's 100 women of 2019. 
  • Nature's 10, 2019, December 2019, an annual list of ten "people who mattered" in science, produced by the scientific journal Nature, specifically, for being a "climate catalyst: A Swedish teenager [who] brought climate science to the fore as she channeled her generation's rage."
  • Forbes list of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women, 2019
  • Forbes 30 under 30 Europe 2020 - Social Entrepreneurs 
  • Human Act Award, on Earth Day, 22 April 2020, by the Human Act Foundation, for "her fearless and determined efforts to mobilize millions of people around the world to fight climate change." The USD100,000 prize money was donated to UNICEF and doubled by the Foundation. 
  • Best in Activism (from Tech & Innovation category) at the 12th Shorty Awards, on 3 May 2020. 
  • Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity, in July 2020, the first recipient of this prize. Through her foundation, Thunberg donated the €1 million prize money "to charitable projects combatting the climate and ecological crisis and to support people facing the worst impacts, particularly in the Global South."
  • Women in Youth Activism Award at the 2021 Women of Europe Awards on 2 December 2021. She received the award for her "courageous leadership in support for climate justice, social change and youth community organising". 
  • Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD), 31 May 2021, conferred by the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus, for "her international recognition for challenging world leaders to take immediate action against climate change."

Greta Thunberg with her award

10 Things You Need to Know About Teenage Climate Change Activist Greta Thunberg

What car does Greta Thunberg drive?

There is no evidence that the activist, Greta Thunberg, owns her own car. She is known for not flying, having sailed across the Atlantic from Plymouth to New York in a zero-emissions yacht in 2020 to limit her carbon footprint. In Sweden, the required age to achieve a driver's license is 18. As of December 2022, Thunberg is 19, and about to turn 20 on Jan. 3, 2023. In the memoir "Scenes from the Heart" written by Thunberg's mother Malena Ernman, it was mentioned the family had an electric car. In the scene, she described the Ernman-Thunberg family driving back to Stockholm from London after a family vacation. Whereas the family has not confirmed what model of the electric car they own. In February 2020, Bristol Live reported that Thunberg was seen being picked up at a train station in Bristol, England in a red Nissan LEAF. It's unclear if Thunberg or her family owned that car. While she was in North America, her main mode of transportation was an electric car given to her by Arnold Schwarzenegger, whom she had met earlier in Vienna. Schwarzenegger stated that the car given to her was Tesla Model 3. It's unclear if the car was a loaner or a permanent gift. 

Greta used the Nissan Leaf in Bristol

As per the online based reports, Greta Thunberg has a car collection of a Tesla Model 3 worth $40K, a Toyota Camry worth $25,295, and a BMW i3 worth $44,450. The Tesla Model 3 has minimal modern-looking design language with powerful 425 hp electric motors with a driving range of up to 358 miles with long-range models and confident steering and a comfortable ride. The Toyota Camry comes with a 2.5L dynamic force V4 petrol engine that gives 176 hp. It's electric motor produces 245 V power. BMW i3 is the first-ever electric car made by BMW which has 18.2 kWh, 27.2 kWh, and 37.9 kWh power output electric motors. This vehicle has a 42.2-kWh battery pack and can reach a top speed of 93mph. 

Recently, Andrew Tate, a former kickboxer, current misogynist, and all-around disgraced human being, tweeted a photo of himself filling his Bugatti car with gas on 27th December 2022. Tate captioned the image "Hello @GretaThunberg. I have 33 cars. My Bugatti has a w16 8.0L quad-turbo. My TWO Ferrari 812 competizione have 6.5L v12s. This is just the start." Tate made her an offer: "Please provide your email address so I can send a complete list of my car collection and their respective enormous emissions." "Yes, please do enlighten me," Thunberg responded, quoting his tweet. "Email me at smalldickenergy@getalife.com." After Thunberg posted her tweet, Tate responded to Thunberg's clap back with a quote of Thunberg's own: "How dare you?!" Many Twitter users responded to the exchange, praising the activist for her comeback. One tweet read that drew Tate has to delete his Twitter accounts now. Thems the rules". Another read "If this could be Twitter’s last tweet, I’d walk away with a smile". 

Andrew Tate Tweets

What is Greta Thunberg's Net Worth?

Greta Thunberg, one of the Swedish best activists, has an estimated net worth of $2 million at the time of writing in 2022. She started her activism when she was just six years old and she began pushing for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions when she was 15 years old. She has spoken at Climate Action Summit and the United Nations Conference on Climate Change and as a key voice in the cause. Also, she has encouraged countless global school climate strikes. 

Greta is making her annual salary of $100K at the time of writing. She has not even completed her regular high school degree but has won several awards. She has earned over $1 million from different prize money and donated almost 95% of that. She has been extremely successful in making people aware of climate change.