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What were we doing when we were sweet 16?

Posted on July 1, 2019 by Ann

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What was I doing when I was 16?

Preparing for O-levels, hanging out with my friends at MacDonald’s, listening to pop music and doing some art and crafts.

In general, not thinking very much about anything. 😛

What was Greta Thunberg doing at 16 years old?

Giving a speech in the U.K.Houses of Parliament in London, addressing the U.N Climate Change Conference in Poland, berating billionaires at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland and getting nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

In short, kicking ass.

In August 2019, Thunberg was one lone teen carrying out a weekly strike to stop climate change every Friday outside the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm.

By 15 March 2019, it had grown into the global School Strike for Climate movement that led to an estimated 1.6 million students from around 133 countries walking out of their classrooms in protest over the lack of government action on climate change.

Thunberg said in an interview, “I have several diagnoses, among others – Asperger Syndrome, and that makes me think a bit different from everyone else. I see things very much [in] black and white. The climate crisis is, in some ways, black and white.”

As is often the case nowadays, she had been subjected to negative comments and even threats. She said with admirable confidence, “It’s quite hilarious when the only thing people can do is mock you, or talk about your appearance or personality, as it means they have no argument, or nothing else to say”.

I wish all our children can display as much self-assurance and inner strength as Thunberg did when she said, “To be different is not a weakness. It’s a strength in many ways, because you stand out from the crowd.”

Watch Time’s video about this extraordinary girl here: