David Attenborough Says to Greta Thunberg 'I'm Very Grateful to You. We All Are.' | 22 Words

Greta Thunberg is undoubtedly one of the most talked-about sixteen-year-olds in the world right now. The teen has truly made a mark on the world with her unwavering commitment to the climate change movement - a cause which is showing no signs of slowing down.

She has garnered a lot of celebrity support, but it seems one of her biggest backers is no other than Sir David Attenborough. Keep scrolling to watch what went down when 2 of the world's most infamous environmental enthusiasts came face to face.

Just a year ago, Greta Thunberg was relatively unknown.

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Greta would regularly sit on her own outside Swedish parliament, first staging a "School Strike for Climate" in August last year. In the weeks leading up to the country’s general election, Thunberg sat on the steps outside of the parliament building in Stockholm, holding up the now-iconic sign that read “Skolstrejk För Klimatet" — translating to “school strike for climate."

The teen sat outside the building during school hours for 3 weeks.

Her demands were that the Swedish government reduce carbon emissions in accordance with the Paris Agreement. By sacrificing her education to protest for action, the teen began to conjure up attention and gain traction online.

Her unwavering commitment to the environment has woken the rest of the world.

While a little over a year ago, the name "Greta Thunberg" was relatively unknown, now, her's is the first name that springs to mind when you think of the climate change movement.

Thunberg is known for delivering blistering, matter-of-fact speeches about the urgency of what she calls the "climate crisis."

If we fast-forward to now, Thunberg continues to hold governments accountable during her powerful talks, which have seen her nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and placed in TIME's top one-hundred influential people in the world list.

Her message is clear: we need to act now.

Having whipped up a gigantic global youth movement, climate change is finally getting the attention it deserves, but Thunberg still believes that governments are the ones who still aren't listening. According to the United Nations, humanity has under twelve years to prevent a climate change crisis. A report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) at the end of 2018 called for immediate “unprecedented changes" to all aspects of society.

If we do not act, the future, if there is one at all, will be very bleak.

Rising global temperatures pose a high risk of social and environmental disasters, including floods, drought, wildfires, and food shortages for millions of people across our planet.

Thunberg has gone to great lengths to fight her cause.

In July, the teen ditched environmentally damaging air travel and sailed across the Atlantic to attend the U.N. climate summits in the U.S. and Chile.

Little by little, her trailblazing activism seems to be sinking in.

According to Live Kindly, earlier this year, Mohammed Barkindo — the secretary-general of OPEC (the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) — acknowledged public opinion surrounding the climate crisis as a threat to the oil industry.

And her youth school strike movement is growing on a mass scale.

On September 20, millions around the world, from London to New York, Sydney to Colombia, ditched the classroom to peacefully protest for climate action in what Thunberg dubs "Fridays for Future."

But, Thunberg's movement has been met with waves of criticism.

Her activism has seen her labeled "melodramatic" amongst other things, as well as others saying that she is being used as a political shield. Though her critics don't seem to have stopped her.

It's been a busy year for the teen.

Thunberg was even listed as 1 of 4 winners of the 2019 Right Livelihood Award, which is widely known as the "Alternative Nobel Prize," as well as honored as TIME's Person of the Year. 

There's no denying at just sixteen, she's truly made her mark on the world.

Not only is she so young, but she has also been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, something she says is her "superpower."

She's also backed by a whole host of famous faces.

Including the likes of Michelle Obama, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

But one of her biggest supporters?

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British national treasure, Sir David Attenborough.

David Attenborough is something of a legend in nature broadcasting.

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His acclaimed nature documentaries have opened a lot of people's eyes when it comes to caring for our planet.

Greta and David were recently connected via Skype.

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And they had some pretty important things to say to each other. Scroll on the full clip.

During their conversation, Greta told David he was her inspiration for starting her climate change movement.

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The teenage activist explained that his documentaries were what first sparked her passion for preserving our planet. “Thank you for dedicating your life to this," she said, “It’s very inspiring."

Greta told the legendary broadcaster it was an "honor" to meet him.

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“I’m very flattered that you say that," he modestly responded.

David made sure he told Greta what he thought of her work.

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“Oh, she’s achieved things that many of us who have been working on it for 20-odd years have failed to achieve," he said. “That is, you have aroused the world." “I’m very grateful to you. “We all are."

Watch the full clip below.

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