Eco-warrior Greta’s father says activism makes her happy

Greta Thunberg speaks during a climate strike at the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. File / Reuters Svante Thunberg, father of eco-warrior Greta Thunberg, thinks his daughter is happier being an activist but admitted in an interview he at first had reservations about her taking up the struggle. The 50-year-old actor-turned-producer told the BBC he and Greta’s mother − opera singer Malena Ernman − originally objected to their daughter’s decision to become a climate activist. "Obviously we thought it was a bad idea, putting herself out there with all the hate on social media," he said. Greta, described as a shy 16-year-old, has found herself in the role of spokesperson for a generation haunted by climate change after she started sitting outside the Swedish parliament in August 2018 with her "School Strike for the Climate" sign. Instantly recognisable with long braids and impish looks, she has become the face of youth concerns over climate change, inspiring millions and being invited to address the United Nations climate summit. Greta’s family realised just how much the existential threat of climate change weighed on her when she became depressed at age 11. She stopped eating, started missing school and even stopped […]

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