Wanted: innovative young people passionate about tackling the problems facing our planet.

If you fancy yourself as the next Greta Thunberg, you're in luck!

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A Global Talent Agency is making a call to young people this week - and applications are already open.

Of course, we all know that Thunberg has become the face of the climate change movement.

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Thanks to her relentlessly passionate activism, the seventeen-year-old Swedish environmentalist has skyrocketed to international fame.

But where did it all begin?

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Starting one day in August 2018, a then fifteen-year-old Thunberg decided to skip school to sit outside Sweden's Parliament in Stockholm with the simple sign, “Skolstrejk För Klimatet" - translating to “School Strike for Climate."

For 3 weeks, the teenager would sit in silent protest outside of Parliament alone...

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And vowed to not stop until her government had done something about the climate change crisis. Of course, it didn't take long for her message to catch on.

Photos of the teen sitting in protest went viral on social media...

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And, suddenly, millions of people were inspired.

Within a year, her message had spread like wildfire...

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And millions of people all over the world took to the streets to fight against climate change.

It was a whirlwind year for the teenager.

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Thunberg attended numerous marches and protests all over the world and was even invited to the UN Climate Conference in New York, which she traveled to on a zero-emissions boat.

Her damning speech went viral...

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The activist blasted world leaders and politicians for their lack of action regarding climate change. "How dare you," she exclaimed. "I shouldn't be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean, yet you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you?"

And, fast forward to 2020...

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Greta Thunberg has become somewhat of a household name.

She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize last year...

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And was declared as TIME's Person of the Year for 2019.

She has risen to unprecedented levels of fame...

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And her unwavering commitment to saving our planet continues to inspire people to live more sustainably every day.

Thunberg continues to inspire other young people to make a change...

And it seems a search is underway for young people with a desire to change the world just like Thunberg.

The initiative, named Rise, is aiming to recruit talented fifteen to seventeen-year-olds from across the globe.

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The project has been inspired by a long list of young people making a positive impact, including chess prodigy Tani Adewumi as well as activist Malala Yousafzai and of course, Greta Thunberg herself.

The group wants to find young people who are committed to helping others and tackling the world’s most important issues.

The initiative is being led by Oxford University’s The Rhodes Trust, in partnership with Schmidt Futures. "From young people today we see an immense amount of care and concern for the world around them and what’s more exciting is we see that manifest as concrete action," the program’s Head of Strategy, Cassie Crockett, told BBC News.

Rise is seeking to build a "global community of rising leaders" working to help others.

And what exactly do the young people enrolled in the program get? Well, they will receive a "lifetime of personalized support, including scholarships, mentorship, and access to funding to develop their ideas."

"Today’s young people will face a rapidly changing world of challenges on a scale unprecedented in human history," a press release about the initiative reads.

"We hope to engage tomorrow’s leaders across the globe, providing education and unique opportunities for them to identify problems, solutions, and ways they can work together, for a lifetime, in the service of humanity."

So, how exactly do you apply?

Well, to start off with, rather than evaluating candidates based on grades or academic performance, the application instead seeks out those that can demonstrate "perseverance, empathy, and integrity."

Applications are now open until January 29, 2021.

With the first cohort of recruits set to be announced in July 2021.

So, if you or anyone else you know fancies your chances at being the next Greta Thunberg...

You can check out the initiative's page here.

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