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On Our Radar: Greta Thunberg

She’s the Swedish teen who refuses to be silenced on climate change. Here’s what you need to know about the young woman with a voice for change.

By Natalie Cornish

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She’s the Swedish teen who refuses to be silenced on climate change. Here’s what you need to know about the young woman with a voice for change.

By Natalie Cornish

Sometimes a young woman comes along who makes us all sit up and take note, whether we want to or not. In recent years, Malala Yousafzai has bravely made the world aware of the issues facing girls who have to fight extremism for an education. Then US student Emma Gonzalez took the mantle; becoming the face of gun reform in America following the brutal murder of 17 of her school friends in a mass shooting last year. Now, 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg has added her name to the list.

Greta first made headlines last August. She abstained from school for 20 days in the run up to the Swedish general election to sit outside the country’s parliament building clutching a homemade sign that read: ‘Skolstrejk för klimatet’ or ‘School strike for the climate’.

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