Climate activist Greta Thunberg turns 18

Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenage environmental activist, has turned 18. Becoming an adult in Swedish comes with a lot of freedoms, including the right to vote and stand for office. And that’s important to Thunberg who has often said “Every election is a climate election”.

The world got to know her as a 15 year old. Sitting outside the Swedish parliament, protesting for action on climate change.

With her slogan ‘school strike for the climate’ Thunberg invited her classmates to join her and skip school on Fridays to protest.

Her message went viral – and global. She repeatedly scolded world leaders’ reactions to global warming.

Ultimately her protest inspired the ‘Friday’s for future’ demonstrations – which gained major traction with young people around the world.

But the movement also hit home with a lot of older people – people concerned that they had seen too little climate action in their lifetimes.