NEW YORK – Greta Thunberg turned 18 in January, but she has already made up for her future: While most college students will focus several times, the Swedish high school student says climate change activism is a life. There will be a full mission.
“In an ideal world, you don’t have to be a climate activist, but unfortunately, climate activists may need some time off,” she said. “I think I’ll do it until it’s done.”
Thunberg’s activism and mission were revived in a new documentary series. Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World. The three-part series, a co-production by PBS and BBC Studios that premieres Thursday Earth Day, was a year away from school in 2019 to meet scholars from around the world and promote awareness. About climate change.
The documentary series depicts her travels to people and places affected by global warming, such as the Athabasca Glacier in California, a California town that burns with wildfires, and indigenous Sami herdsmen in Sweden, where reindeer are starving. It also stopped the North Atlantic during its busiest sea season to investigate how carbon dioxide emissions from ships were changing the ocean’s chemistry.
One year to change the world She also features a behind-the-scenes look at her speech at mega-rallies, showing how her pace has been greatly slowed by the worldwide coronovirus epidemic. The 2020 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Thunberg, said that when she became more aware of climate change, there were moments that surprised her, such as meeting Polish miners.
“I hope they are not ready for change, but they are ready for change. They wanted to live in a more sustainable world… until they were left behind, ”said Thunberg. “I have met leaders of the world who are less inclined to change.”
And many of these leaders deploy Thunberg as a political lightning rod and inadvertently increase their global stature. Conservative Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro called her “mischievous”, Russian President Vladimir Putin said she doesn’t understand that “the modern world is complicated”, and former President Donald Trump mentioned her at rallies, which led to a scout out. A series took place. He even famously tweeted, “Greta should fix an anger management problem and then make a good old film with a friend!” Chill, Greta, Chill! “
Thunberg, who was selected as the youngest person in Time magazine Person of the Year in 2019, said he does not understand why he is on the radar of government officials, but shows that climate change The message goes so far.
“When people do that and say such things, it’s definitely a lot of fun,” Thunberg said. “It is a sign that we are doing something good, we have influence, so we take it as a compliment.”
She says that she thinks the most interesting thing about the new project is that the filmmakers cannot join it.
“I think the most interesting thing about the documentary series was that it was not put on the series. I don’t know how many fashion companies interviewed H&M, auto companies like Volkswagen, Shell, oil companies like Airlines, etc. But he consistently rejected everyone. And I think that’s very interesting – it says a lot about you. “
While the US PBS and BBC Earth are airing documentaries on Thursday in Canada, Thunberg will be at their school in Sweden, which has reopened their individual classes one day a week. He would use Earth Day to testify with scientists about fossil fuel subsidies almost before the US Congress.
Thunberg says she realizes that changing the world – or even the fact that her citizens care about how it changes – won’t happen overnight, but she wants everyone to know Wants how their daily life tasks will affect future generations.
“I don’t ask anyone to take care of it,” Thunberg said. “But if you want you, your children, and your grandchildren to live in a prosperous world and a world where they can enjoy all the things in life that you like, then you have to take care of this .
But of course it is up to you. I am not asking you to do anything – saving the world is voluntary. “