Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg met Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai at the University of Oxford and posed for a photo together.The 22-year-old posted a photograph on Instagram of herself and Thunberg sitting on a bench in a friendly pose with the caption, “Thank you, #gretathunberg”, displaying her affection for the climate change activist. Yousafzai is studying at the University of Oxford.
“She’s the only friend I’d skip school for,” she said on Twitter. Also on social media, Thunberg said, “So, today I met my role model. What else can I say?”
Taking Instagram by storm
Several Instagram users showed their love for the powerful pair. “What a great meeting! #girlpower,” one person inscribed, while star and writer of The Office Mindy Kaling commented with a raised hands emoji.
This is not the first time Yousafzai has chanted the praises of Thunberg. In September, the Nobel Prize laureate tweeted that she felt delighted to see that young ladies around the world are driving the climate change movement.
“Thank you to girls like @GretaThunberg for using your voice, speaking truth to power – and encouraging other young people to do the same,” the 22-year-old signed.
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Discussion held by Thunberg
It is not known what the pair talked about. Alan Rusbridger, the principal of Lady Margaret Hall, said Thunberg spoke to students about “science, voting, the limits of protest, divestment, real zero v net zero, and much more” during her visit.
Responding to the young women’s photos, others have declared them as “legends” and characterised the meeting as “awesome”. Posting on Twitter, one fan, Stefan Reichwein, said that both are pure inspiration and hope. The world needs more women like them.
Jennifer Cassidy, a lecturer in politics at the University of Oxford, wrote that as she walked out her door, up to one street and saw Malala and Greta Thunberg talking outside. “Two powerful young women are standing for justice, truth and equality for all.”
Fighting against Global Issues
Both women shot to worldwide fame after persisting and standing up for major global concerns: climate change and women’s education.
Thunberg is a household name after skipping school in Sweden to strike against climate change, while Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban in Pakistan for fighting for girls to be permitted to go to school.
In 2014, Malala became the youngest receiver of the Nobel Peace Prize. She became a global figure of the resilience of women in the face of adversity while Thunberg was chosen for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2019 and 2020.
Thunberg to join the climate strike at Bristol
It was recently reported that Thunberg is due to join a youth climate protest in Bristol later this week. The 17-year-old is scheduled to participate in the Bristol Youth Strike 4 Climate on College Green on Feb 28
One of the organisers, 17-year-old Milly Sibson, told the Press Association news agency said that they are all so excited. “Everyone is so excited about the thought of hearing her talk. I would love the chance to meet her because she is the founder of this movement. She is so important to it. She is an idol even though she is younger than me.”
“We hope loads of people join us to welcome her to Bristol,” she added. The city was awarded the title of European Green Capital in 2015.
Both young women are an inspiration to all of us who want to change the world in a positive way.
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Saumya Rastogi is an intern with SheThePeople.TV