Greta Thunberg is an environmental activist from Sweden who, at only 15 years old, managed to start a real international movement on the topic of climate change.
What is Greta Thunberg’s net worth?
At the time this article is written, the Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg has a net worth of $100,000. She started to advocate for climate change when she was only 15 years old.
Greta is the eldest daughter of the Thunberg family and was born on January 3, 2003. She grew up in Stockholm with her family. Her mother, Malena Ernman is an opera singer and was a Eurovision contestant. Father, Svante Thunberg is an actor and a descendant of Svante Arrhenius, the scientist who exposed the world to a model of the greenhouse effect and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1903.
At 11 years old, Greta got sick. She went into depression and stopped talking and eating. She was then diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and selective mutism.
Between 2010 and 2018 Greta went to the private school Franska Skolan and then was transferred to Kringlaskolan.
Greta has always said that her parents were nowhere near involved in climate change activism before she made them aware of the issues. She was the one who convinced her parents to go vegan, and in 2016 she managed to convince her mother to fly again, despite the long journeys she had to make for work.
Start of activism
The morning of August 20, 2018, the first day of school in Sweden after the summer holidays, was for Greta Thunberg, then 15 years old, perhaps the last day of her life as a private person. Then she posted herself in front of the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm with a cardboard poster on which she had written “Skolstrejk för klimatet”, that means: “School strike for the climate”. For three weeks, until the legislative elections in Sweden in September 2018, Greta Thunberg did not show up at school. Later, she continued her strike on Fridays.
She has announced that she will continue to boycott the classes until the Swedish government begins to comply with the provisions of the Paris climate treaty. On her Twitter account, she called her action “Fridays For Future”. By mid-March 2019, pro-climate protests under the hashtag #fridaysforfuture had turned into a global movement, with strikes on every continent. The face of this movement is Greta Thunberg. For many activists, she has become a kind of symbolic image.
Speeches at the UN, Paris, London, and Davos
In just three months, the initiator of these climate protests became so well known that in early December she gave a speech at the UN climate summit in Katowice, Poland. She delivered her firm message to the large audience present: “Our biosphere is being sacrificed so that the rich in countries like the one I come from can continue to live in luxury,” she criticized.
A few weeks later, Greta Thunberg spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos: “I want you to panic. I want you to feel the same fear that I feel every day. And I want you to act as if our house would be engulfed in flames. Because that’s how serious the situation is.”
This was followed by speeches in the environment committee of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, in the National Assembly of France, and in the Parliament in London. Throughout, the student talked about the bleak future that would await us, according to scientists, if decisive action is not taken against global warming.
In the summer of 2022, Thunberg took to the Pyramid Stage at England’s Glastonbury Festival to deliver an impacting speech on climate change, in which she called on society to take “historic responsibility to get things right” regarding the global climate crisis.
Greta’s social impact
Through her initial protests in the form of school strikes, Greta Thunberg achieved what numerous climate summits and multiple warnings from researchers failed to do: bring climate protection very high in the international public debate and put serious pressure on politicians in the entire world. The ecological parties recorded much better results in the European elections of May 2019.
No emissions across the Atlantic
In September 2019, Greta Thunberg traveled from Plymouth, United Kingdom to New York, sailing on the yacht “Malizia II”, to speak at the UN climate conference. Her trip to New York was made on a zero-emission boat, which is why she spent two weeks on the road.
In the week she arrived, millions of people around the world took part in a climate strike, underscoring the extent of her influence.
During her speech at the UN, she blasted politicians for relying on young people for answers to climate change.
Greta Thunberg has appeared in a wide range of media due to her influence and international visibility. The children’s book “Greta and the Giants” by Viviana Mazza was inspired by Greta. Some musicians used Greta’s speeches in their songs, including DJ Fatboy Slim, Robert Davidson, and Megan Washington. Also, she was featured as a fortune teller in Pearl Jam’s music video “Retrograde”, in 2020. Nathan Grossman directed the Hulu documentary “I Am Greta” the same year.
In 2021 BBC released a three-part documentary series called “Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World”, where the subject was, obviously, Greta Thunberg.
At the end of October 2022, during the London Literature Festival, Thunberg launched her new book, “The Climate Book”, a collection with over a hundred contributions from personalities such as economist Kate Raworth, writer and activist Naomi Klein, and writer Margaret Atwood.
Awards and recognitions
Greta Thunberg has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2020. In 2019, she is among the four winners of the Right Livelihood prize, also known as the “alternative to the Nobel Prize”, and she was named the personality of the year by the American magazine Time, thus becoming the youngest person to receive this distinction. In July 2020, Greta Thunberg received a humanitarian award from the Portuguese Gulbenkian Foundation and was awarded $1.15 million. However, she owned this large sum of money only for a short period of time because she donated the entire award.
What do her critics say?
Her message was not well received by everyone, especially by prominent conservative voices. But she answered them defiantly and often with humor.
After her appearance at the UN, US President Donald Trump ridiculed her saying she “seems like a very happy young woman looking for a bright and wonderful future.
In response, Greta then changed her Twitter bio to include Mr. Trump’s words. She did the same a few weeks later when Russian President Vladimir Putin called her “a kind but bad-informed teenager”.
She also got in a humorous tweet exchange with the influencer Andrew Tate. Some people said that this is what caused Andrew to be found and get locked up by Romanian authorities.