Greta Thunberg has got to be the biggest name in the world right now. From straight outta nothing, Greta has gone from a schoolkid with passion, to the face of the Extinction Rebellion. She's been met with her fair share of criticism and very few people have light opinions on her. You either love what she's doing, or hate everything she stands for.
However one thing is certain. She's making a huge impact. Even those criticizing her are still, in turn, raising awareness about what is going on with the climate.
She's built up some great friendships with other huge celebrities too. Just last week Greta went on a bike ride with one of her biggest supporters, none other than Terminator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
And now it has emerged that people in offices across the globe are using her face to stop people from using single use plastics.
Keep scrolling to find out more about Greta and the impact she's been having!
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, 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.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.
Thunberg 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.
Thunberg has gone to great lengths to fight her cause.
Little by little, her trailblazing activism 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, Thunberg's movement has been met with waves of criticism.
But her critics don't phase her...
On my way to the United Nations. Today I’m speaking in the General Assembly at the Climate Action Summit. This is s… https://t.co/MXRAyXjec0— Greta Thunberg (@Greta Thunberg)1569243289.0
The event is dedicated to world leaders sharing climate solutions and new pledges for climate action.
As she spoke, the teen got visibly emotional.
via: YouTube"People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction. And all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!" She continued: "How dare you continue to look away and come here saying that you are doing enough when the politics and solutions needed are still nowhere in sight." "You say you 'hear' us and that you understand the urgency. But no matter how sad and angry I am, I don’t want to believe that. Because if you fully understood the situation and still kept on failing to act, then you would be evil. And I refuse to believe that."
She concluded with a poignant message: change is coming, whether you like it or not.
via: YouTube"You are failing us. But the young people are starting to understand your betrayal. The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us, I say: We will never forgive you. "We will not let you get away with this. Right here, right now is where we draw the line. The world is waking up. And change is coming, whether you like it or not."
After her speech, the teen activist happened to cross paths with Donald Trump in the lobby.
I’ll tell you one thing Greta Thunberg does not have and that’s a future in professional poker. https://t.co/cAznzjWbeW— 🏳️🌈 Max 🏳️🌈 (@🏳️🌈 Max 🏳️🌈)1569308707.0
The video went viral online.When faced with one of the world's most powerful leaders, Thunberg remains fearless, and her death stare became a somewhat internet sensation.
As you'd expect, Donald Trump had something to say about the whole thing.In usual Trump-style, he took to Twitter to seemingly mock the teen, writing "She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!" above a video of her speech.
His swipe radiated sarcasm.
@realDonaldTrump The President of the United States making a sarcastic, snide comment to make fun of a 16-year-old… https://t.co/GOHBf2wpum— Eugene Gu, MD (@Eugene Gu, MD)1569296379.0
Trump may not be a fan, but Thunberg has amassed major celebrity support.
Now, acting legend, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is the latest A-lister to speak out in support of Thunberg's work.
He went as far as to say he thinks politicians are finally listening.
via: Getty ImagesSpeaking to Sky News, the actor branded Thunberg "fantastic" and added: “She’s a child and here are children saying ‘when you screw this up with the environment, it’s our generation that’s going to suffer.' "I think that’s a very compelling message and I think politicians are listening."
The actor explained that he wants to help get her message out there even more.
via: Getty Images“Of course I will be as supportive of her as possible to try and get her message out," he said.
He even offered Thunberg a cleaner mode of transport for getting around the U.S.
They both share a passion for the environment...
via: GettyThe pair became acquainted when, in May, Greta opened the 2019 Austrian World Summit of non-profit environmental organization R20 Regions of Climate Action, set up by Arnie back in 2011.
And, as a result, the pair have struck an unlikely friendship.
via: The LocalAnd Arnie is now one of her most vocal supporters.
They even went on a wholesome bike ride together.
via: TwitterRecently, Arnie shared a handful of photos of himself and the teen activist enjoying a spot of cycling together around Santa Monica.
Arnold took to Twitter to share their day out together.
via: TwitterAnd referred to Greta as his "hero" and "friend."
He seemed thrilled to have met up with Greta...And even introduced the teen to his daughter, Christine.
You can see Arnold's full post here.
It was fantastic to see my friend and one of my heroes @GretaThunberg last week and go on a bike ride around Santa… https://t.co/7kQa8M6fvI— Arnold (@Arnold)1572909189.0
Greta stares into souls.
And finally, this one. See the next tweet to see what employees who don’t appreciate Greta ... https://t.co/FbeSM4hrpi— Allison K. Sommer (@Allison K. Sommer)1572986278.0
The images are popping up in Israel.
A trend in Tel Aviv workplace cafeterias - photos of a judgemental Greta Thunberg next to disposable utensils. Here… https://t.co/a209OKP2Ts— Allison K. Sommer (@Allison K. Sommer)1572985988.0
How Dare You!
And in the AP office in Jerusalem, via @PattyNieberg https://t.co/7igt2u8M6I— Allison K. Sommer (@Allison K. Sommer)1573019879.0