Who writes Greta's speeches?
Greta Thunberg's speeches get under your skin. In clear words and almost perfect English, she campaigns for climate change. She sounds grown up, even if her two braids remind you that she actually isn't. It is therefore not surprising that many believe that she will have her speeches written by experts.
But Greta quickly rejects the allegations and writes on Facebook: "I write my speeches myself." However, because she knows that her statements reach many people, she often asks other people for input, according to Thunberg. Climate researcher Kevin Anderson checks on Example if their facts and figures are correct. "Greta sometimes sends me manuscripts and asks me to check whether everything is correct. Sometimes we both discuss topics, of course, ”he said in an interview with Spiegel. So: what we hear from Greta Mund is really from her pen.
Did Greta get infected?
More and more people are becoming infected with the corona virus. Has the young climate activist also become infected? It had become pretty quiet lately. But now she is back on Instagram – and she expects to be infected.
"I had a cold shower, sore throat and coughed," she writes, her father had the same symptoms, but this was also associated with a fever. They have not yet been tested, because in Sweden you can only do that if you need medical help. Nevertheless, the symptoms would clearly speak for it, said Greta.
But what scares Greta in the end is that the symptoms were only slightly expressed. And that's exactly what is dangerous about the virus. "Many (especially young people) may experience no or very mild symptoms at all, so they don't know they have the virus and can pass it on to people at risk," Greta warns. And that's why she advises her followers to stay at home, please.
Check out this post on Instagram
The last two weeks I've stayed inside. When I returned from my trip around Central Europe I isolated myself (in a borrowed apartment away from my mother and sister) since the number of cases of COVID-19 (in Germany for instance) were similar to Italy in the beginning. Around ten days ago I started feeling some symptoms, exactly the same time as my father – who traveled with me from Brussels. I was feeling tired, had shivers, a sore throat and coughed. My dad experienced the same symptoms, but much more intense and with a fever. In Sweden you can not test yourself for COVID-19 unless you're in need of emergent medical treatment. Everyone feeling ill are told to stay at home and isolate themselves. I have therefore not been tested for COVID-19, but it's extremely likely that I've had it, given the combined symptoms and circumstances. Now I've basically recovered, but – AND THIS IS THE BOTTOM LINE: I almost didn't feel ill. My last cold was much worse than this! Had it not been for someone else having the virus simultainously I might not even have suspected anything. Then I would just have thought I was feeling unusually tired with a bit of a cough. And this it what makes it so much more dangerous. Many (especially young people) might not notice any symptoms at all, or very mild symptoms. Then they don’t know they have the virus and can pass it on to people in risk groups. We who don’t belong to a risk group have an enormous responsibility, our actions can be the difference between life and death for many others. Please keep that in mind, follow the advice from experts and your local authorities and #StayAtHome to slow the spread of the virus. And remember to always take care of each other and help those in need. #COVID #flattenthecurve
The amazing ignorance of the Swedes
It appears that the Swedes are taking the corona virus lightly. Events over 500 people are still allowed, the gastronomy is open, kindergartens and schools up to the ninth grade are also allowed. Even the ski areas are still full of people. Curfew? No thanks! The Swedish calmness worries the experts.
But it is precisely the experts that need to be listened to. And Greta Thunberg agrees. That's why the climate icon calls in the 83rd week of school strikes on solidarity with those at risk from the Covid-19. It is important to take the situation seriously. That is why Greta demands social distancing and not ignorance. Because "we are all in the same boat," she warns on her Instagram profile.
How well do you know Greta Thunberg?
Her name is known worldwide, her braids her unmistakable trademark. Everyone knows who she is and what she stands for. But how well do you actually know her? Three Greta facts that may be new to many.
- It's no secret that Greta Thunberg was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism. But did you know that Greta calls the disease a blessing? "Without Asperger this would not be possible here," Greta Thunberg told ZDF. "I see the world from a different perspective – black and white".
- Did you know that Greta was a real one student – despite her absenteeism? As the Swedish newspaper "Dagens Nyheter" reports, Greta Thunberg got an "A" in 14 out of 17 subjects, the top grade.
- Greta Thunberg took second place in a writing competition of the Swedish newspaper "Svenska Dagbladet" in 2018 on the subject of climate. The environmental activist Bo Thorén then contacted her and suggested the school strike. Bo was inspired by the gun protests in the United States after the Florida school massacre.
Who is Greta Thunberg? facts and figures
Greta Thunberg was born in Stockholm on January 3, 2003
The environmental activist is considered the founder of the "Fridays for Future" movement
In 2019, Greta Thunberg was named "Person of the Year" by TIME magazine
source used: ZDF, merkur.de, tagesspiegel, Instagram