Greta’s revolution: how one teenager can save the world

How One Teenager Can Save the World


Greta protests and demands action on climate change along with other kids. (Flickr/Eino Sierpe)

Jo Samuels, Web Editor

In the past few months the world has watched Greta Thunberg, a teen from Sweden, demand for action in climate change. In September, Thunberg spoke at the United Nations (UN) to bring awareness to our global crisis. During her time at the UN she pushed for a political movement and wanted people to better inform themselves on the environmental crisis. She believes society is headed for mass extinction as a result of the climate crisis. She also mentions the temperatures rising and the weather extremes. Thunberg wants people to make this issue a priority.

As a public figure Thunberg is known for her strong and bold personality. She uses her anger and frustration to bring attention to the world’s environmental issues. She wants the power of democracy to make activists’ voices heard. Voting for people who defend nature is what Thunberg thinks we all need to do. She has spoken all across the world informing people on the issue and offering solutions to various problems. Camille Yoels, a sophomore at The Weber School also feels like this is a global problem saying, “It is not just certain people, it is humanity as a species.” Thunberg also strongly believes the world needs to stop burning fossil fuels and end the use of greenhouse gas emissions in order to help the ecosystem bounce back. Trees can be a natural climate solution because they take carbon out of the air. She personally contributes to an eco-friendly lifestyle by refraining from flying on planes and instead travels by boat. Additionally, she is a vegan. 

Thunberg has not only become a huge public figure and inspired many, but has also dealt with a lot of backlash and hate. People have called her mentally ill on talk shows, and the president even mocked her. She views the hate and backlash as adults feeling threatened by her and her ideas for promoting science. By starting this movement, she is not only raising questions about the climate but also starting a revolution. Many young people have started to educate themselves and are getting involved in this issue. Camille Yoels said, “She is inspiring teenagers a lot and she is showing that just because you are younger and don’t have as much power as adults you still can make a difference.” Thunberg also feels that the world should not only rely on younger people to fix the world’s problems, though. Optimistically, she assures people that it is not too late for a change, and change is coming whether people like it or not. 

Thunberg was diagnosed with Asbergers, a developmental disorder that can affect one’s ability to socialize and communicate. Thunberg was diagnosed at a young age and has used this developmental disorder to her advantage. From this struggle she has become more driven and fierce. In many interviews she credits Aspergers as making this whole movement possible. Asberger’s can make people focused on one particular thing. Thunberg’s focus, dedication, and determination to the planet’s health may benefit us all.