The Swedish climate change activist, Greta Thunberg has reportedly been experiencing symptoms of the deadly COVID-19.
Keep scrolling for the full story on how she’s contracted it, and read the strong message she has for her followers…
The Swedish seventeen-year-old has been responsible for the global school strike movement, which began with weekly Friday school strikes to protest for climate change action.
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.”
Her demands were that the Swedish government reduce carbon emissions in accordance with the Paris Agreement.
By sacrificing her education to protest for action, Thunberg began to conjure up attention and gain traction online.
While a little over a year ago, the name “Greta Thunberg” was relatively unknown, now it is the first name that springs to mind when you think of the climate change movement.
If we fast-forward to today, 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.
In July last year, 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.
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.
On September 20, 2019, 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.”
Including the likes of Michelle Obama, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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.
Her activism has seen her labeled as “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.
Trolls will criticize the teen for literally anything.
For a prime example…
During a recent rally at College Green, the Swedish activist was accused of damaging a “healthy” patch of grass because, after her rally, it became muddy.
Well, what else do you expect when hundreds of people gather in the rain? Nonetheless, the locals were left enraged after seeing the “consequences” of the rally.
“Oh the irony, hundreds of people turning up to talk about our planet dying to end up destroying a green area.”
While another on Twitter said: “Call themselves green campaigners and then create this mess without a thought for the feelings of others. Most of them probably came from outside of Bristol so don’t care a hoot.”
But the latest outrage against the teen is even worse.
And some people’s responses to her message were completely and utterly disgusting.
Where she told her followers that “we can’t solve a crisis without treating it as a crisis and we must unite behind experts and science.”
And encouraged her followers to find “new ways to create public awareness & advocate for change that doesn’t involve big crowds.”
Others were not so kind to the teen.
And criticize for Greta for “not knowing” anything about the crisis. Oh, and to remind her that climate change doesn’t exist, of course.
By saying they hope that Greta catches the virus and dies as a result.
As various users took to the platform to inform the seventeen-year-old that they wanted her to catch the virus.
2 weeks ago, the teenager returned from her European trip and has since been self-isolating.
Despite quarantining herself immediately after her trip, the activist has been reportedly suffering from symptoms of the virus.
Where she wrote:
“When I returned from my trip around Central Europe I isolated myself (in a borrowed apartment away from my mother and sister) since the number of cases of COVID-19 (in Germany for instance) were similar to Italy in the beginning.”
“Around ten days ago I started feeling some symptoms, exactly the same time as my father – who traveled with me from Brussels. I was feeling tired, had shivers, a sore throat and coughed. My dad experienced the same symptoms, but much more intense and with a fever.”
“I have therefore not been tested for COVID-19, but it’s extremely likely that I’ve had it, given the combined symptoms and circumstances.”
But has a strong message for her followers.
“AND THIS IS THE BOTTOM LINE: I almost didn’t feel ill. My last cold was much worse than this! Had it not been for someone else having the virus simultaneously I might not even have suspected anything. Then I would just have thought I was feeling unusually tired with a bit of a cough. And this is what makes it so much more dangerous.”
Even if they don’t have symptoms.
You can read her full Instagram post above.
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