A photograph of teen activist Greta Thunberg holding her first climate strike in August 2018 is going viral following Friday’s mass climate protests around the world partly inspired by her #FridaysForFuture movement.
In the photo from last year, the then-15-year-old sits alone outside the Swedish parliament. Louise Macdonald, CEO of Scottish youth charity Young Scot, shared the image on Twitter:
I find this picture so incredibly moving. This is @GretaThunberg aged 15, sat alone outside the Swedish Parliament Aug 2018 - the first school strike. In just one year, she’s created a wave that will change the whole world. Never underestimate the power of one young person 💜💚 pic.twitter.com/84oYgJpnLj— Louise Macdonald (@Louisemac) September 20, 2019
“I find this picture so incredibly moving,” wrote Macdonald. “In just one year, she’s created a wave that will change the world. Never underestimate the power of one young person.”
By early Saturday, the post had garnered more than 160,000 likes and been shared more than 40,000 times. Thunberg herself shared these snaps of her debut demonstration at the time:
Vi barn gör ju oftast inte som ni säger åt oss att göra, vi gör som ni gör. Och eftersom ni vuxna skiter i min framtid, så gör jag det med.— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) August 20, 2018
Jag skolstrejkar för klimatet fram till valdagen. pic.twitter.com/OyIvpdBiEq
An estimated 4 million students and workers took to the streets in hundreds of cities and towns worldwide on Friday to demand action be taken to combat the climate crisis. Twitter users highlighted the difference between Thunberg’s initial strike and the latest round of demonstrations.
One year and one month apart pic.twitter.com/f2URDOVFm2— Natalie Wolchover (@nattyover) September 20, 2019
This week has been agonizing for a lot of people. But I know hope because of this. https://t.co/QcNwM75Avx— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) September 21, 2019
Never say one person can’t make a difference. Greta Thunberg, climate activist protesting alone in 2018, and a world wide youth movement she motivated in 2019.... https://t.co/i9Z2sUnGIO— Bessma Momani (@b_momani) September 21, 2019
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