The 22-year-old, Malala, posted a photograph on Instagram of herself and Thunberg sitting on a bench in a friendly pose with the caption, “Thank you, #gretathunberg”, with a heart emoji.
“We had a few demands (coming into the World Economic Forum). Of course, these demands have been completely ignored. We expected nothing less,” said Greta Thunberg
Whether we like it or not, she’s here to stay, to play a vital role in international activism.
“Planting trees is good, of course, but it’s nowhere near enough, and it cannot replace real mitigation and rewilding nature. We don’t need to lower emissions….Emissions need to stop.”
You can adore them or slam them, but you certainly cannot ignore them. The year 2019 belonged to women and the youth, they literally owned it. Here’s a roundup.
From a young Greta Thunberg influencing the conversation around climate action to a female-led government in Finland, 2019 has been an inspirational year for women worldwide. We go through the year and bring you ten defining moments from the past year.
Women want a change. They want a better, inclusive and safer world where they have an equal opportunity to the benefits of social, political and economic policies.
The previous century had the Roaring Twenties. The twenties for this century have been rather staid in comparison. Nothing about it has roared.
The shortlist this year also included Donald Trump, Nancy Pelosi, The Whistleblower whose complaint played a central role in triggering the impeachment proceedings and the pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.
Argentine muralist Andres Iglesias is currently working on finishing the mural which shows the teen activist staring down at people by Tuesday (November 12).
“I hope that Greta’s message is a wake-up call to world leaders everywhere that the time for inaction is over. It is because of Greta, and young activists everywhere that I am optimistic about what the future holds. It was an honor to spend time with Greta. She and I have made a commitment to support one another, in hopes of securing a brighter future for our planet.”
“What we need is for lawmakers and people in power to start listening to the current, best possible science,” wrote Thunberg on declining the award.