How Greta Thunberg Shows That We Can All Make a Difference in Our World
One of the toughest parts about being a kid is that adults often don’t take us seriously. Even if we have some great ideas on how we can make the world a better place, it can still be hard to convince adults that we are right. It’s all too easy to simply move on with our lives and focus on day-to-day things.
But that said, it isn’t impossible to make a difference—even as a kid. In fact, there is one terrific example of a girl not much older than you who is making a huge difference in the world. Her name is Greta Thunberg and at 17 years of age, she has already made a huge impact on the worldwide conversation about saving our planet. Greta has made such a difference that she was recently named Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year,” which is an extremely high honor for anyone in our world.
Whatever your dreams are, there is a lot to learn from Greta. She is a great role model who has a lot to share about following your dreams, never giving up, and being brave.
Greta’s Unbelievable Journey
Greta was born in Stockholm, Sweden on January 3, 2003. According to her biography, she was eight-years-old when she first heard about climate change, which is basically the idea that rising temperatures around the world are causing environmental damage. Hearing about climate change made Greta very sad. She was so upset that she stopped eating food and lost more than 20 pounds in two months.
Instead of simply being upset about climate change and doing nothing about it, however, Greta decided to act. She challenged her parents to change their behavior to better protect their environment (like not eating meat and even giving up flying). But she didn’t stop there. Greta became a climate activist. She organized a famous school strike for the climate, where kids her age walked out of school for one day to demand action to stop climate change. She sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in a solar racing boat to show her beliefs in fighting climate change. Greta even gave a speech in front of presidents and other world leaders at the United Nations.
Greta is extremely passionate when she delivers her message. She blames adults for not doing enough to fight climate change. She also argues that all of us need to make sacrifices in order to stop permanent environmental damage.
How We Can Be Like Greta
Even though she is still a teenager, Greta has had an unbelievable journey. Millions of people know her name and she has inspired countless kids (and adults) to do something to fight climate change.
There are many things that we can learn and take from Greta’s young journey. One of the key lessons centers on what I talked about earlier. Even though you are young and in school, you certainly have the power to make a difference in the world. In fact, you can get started right now.
Just to remind you, Greta first heard about climate change when she was eight-years-old. Right now, some of you may be that age. You should feel really excited about that. It means that you not only have the ability to understand an issue like climate change, but you can take action to make a true difference.
Granted, it will not be easy to get to Greta’s position. Not many adults have the influence or impact that she has. Still, nothing is stopping you from doing something today to make the world a better place. It can be something as small as changing your behavior (like eating less meat in order to fight climate change). Like Greta, you can even get your family involved. By taking action and starting small, you may make a greater impact than you ever imagined.
Next, one of the most striking things about Greta is that she never gives up. Even when she faced some challenges organizing the school strike for the climate or sailing across the Atlantic Ocean, she persevered. She kept her larger mission in mind and refused to stop—even though it may have been easier to do that. Greta is probably going to face even more adversity in the future, yet her dedication to fighting climate change will help her get through those tough moments.
Whatever our goals are, we are probably going to face some obstacles or challenges. It is a part of life. But when we do face those challenges, we should be like Greta and stay strong. We should keep our goal in mind and have friends or family encourage us. The good news is that by staying strong and overcoming these obstacles, we get stronger, allowing us to overcome even larger obstacles in the future.
Finally, we should follow Greta’s example and be brave. For as much as Greta is doing in our world, she has received some criticism from different types of people. Some people don’t want her to succeed. While this criticism is hard for anyone (including Greta), she doesn’t stop. She continues pursuing her mission, even if it makes other people angry.
No matter what our goals are, we must rely on bravery and courage to achieve them. So how do we get braver? One part of it is having friends and family who support us. But another part of it is putting ourselves out there and trying different things. It takes practice to be brave or courageous, so the more we do it now, the better off we will be. Even though it may be scary at first, hang in there and continue going after your dreams.
Get Started Today
Greta Thunberg is a great example of a young person who worked hard to make a difference in the world. Ultimately, all of us should follow her lead. We should get started today in working toward a cause or goal that is extremely important to us. Yes, it will take lots of hard work. But we can do it!