Greta Thunberg is undoubtedly one of the most talked-about seventeen-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.
This week, Greta touched down on British soil to meet with fellow activist Malala Yousafzai, and it was everything we'd hoped for.
But it was Malala's caption on the snap she shared of herself and Greta that really caught everyone's attention...
Keep scrolling to take a look.
Greta Thunberg has become the face of the youth climate change movement.
Just a year ago, she was relatively unknown.
via: TwitterGreta 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, she 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.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.
Greta is known for delivering blistering, matter-of-fact speeches about the urgency of what she calls the "climate crisis."
Her message is clear: we need to act now.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.
Greta has gone to great lengths to fight her cause.
Little by little, her message seems to be sinking in.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.
But, her movement has been met with waves of criticism.
Greta has even been awarded the title of TIME's Person of the Year for 2019.
She beat out some fierce competition.Greta was honored over other nominees including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, the CIA whistleblower who triggered Trump's impeachment proceedings, and Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters.
"She became the biggest voice on the biggest issue facing the planet this year, coming from essentially nowhere to lead a worldwide movement."
via: TIME"She embodies youth activism. Her rise in influence has been really extraordinary. She was a solo protester with a hand-painted sign 14 months ago. She's now led millions of people around the world, 150 countries, to act on behalf of the planet, and she's really been a key driver this year taking this issue from backstage to center," said TIME's Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal.
Malala is a well-known education advocate.
But she survived.
Malala is currently studying politics, philosophy, and economics at Oxford University.
And it was everything we'd hoped for.
everyone appreciate this photo of the literal malala yousafzai and greta thunberg walking past me (front right) as… https://t.co/p7tklf4MeU— laura (@laura)1582640331.0
Greta also addressed some of the students about the strike and the climate crisis.
Honoured to host @gretathunberg at @lmhoxford today. grateful she found time to talk to some of our students about… https://t.co/il8IbCI7oH— alan rusbridger (@alan rusbridger)1582648264.0
But it was only a matter of time until Malala and Greta met in the flesh...
I'm so happy to see that young women around the world are leading the climate movement. Thank you to girls like… https://t.co/p27H0VYDtg— Malala (@Malala)1568989919.0
On Tuesday, the day finally came.@malala," Greta captioned the post.
Malala also took to Instagram and Twitter to share a snap of the pair.
Malala Tweeted out a snap of the pair...
She’s the only friend I’d skip school for. https://t.co/uP0vwF2U3K— Malala (@Malala)1582649199.0