Greta Thunberg celebrates her 17th birthday by holding a climate change protest

Teenage eco warrior Greta Thunberg stuck to routine on her 17th birthday and joined a weekly ‘Fridays for Future’ march outside the Swedish parliament. 

She joined other climate activists outside the parliament in Riksdagen, in Stockholm on Friday, January 3, for the 72th consecutive week of the marches. 

Thunberg tweeted a picture of herself at the march early this morning, wrapped up warm in the cold weather and holding her trademark sign reading in Swedish: ‘School strike for climate’. 

It comes after the Swedish teenager gave a message to her fans on New Year’s Eve thanking them for their support. ‘What a year… I won’t even try to summarise it – but nothing would have been possible without your support. So thank you!’ she said. 

Thunberg tweeted a picture of herself at the march, wrapped up warm in the cold weather and holding her trademark sign reading: 'School strike for climate'

Thunberg tweeted a picture of herself at the march, wrapped up warm in the cold weather and holding her trademark sign reading: 'School strike for climate'

Thunberg tweeted a picture of herself at the march, wrapped up warm in the cold weather and holding her trademark sign reading: ‘School strike for climate’

Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg takes part in the weekly 'Fridays For Future' climate strike outside the Swedish parliament in Stockholm on her 17th birthday

Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg takes part in the weekly 'Fridays For Future' climate strike outside the Swedish parliament in Stockholm on her 17th birthday

Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg takes part in the weekly ‘Fridays For Future’ climate strike outside the Swedish parliament in Stockholm on her 17th birthday 

Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg takes part in the weekly 'Fridays For Future' climate strike on Friday

Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg takes part in the weekly 'Fridays For Future' climate strike on Friday

Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg takes part in the weekly ‘Fridays For Future’ climate strike on Friday 

The school strike for the climate marches were sparked by Thunberg when she staged her first protest in August 2018, at the age of 15. 

It has since spread all over the world to involve more than 100,000 schoolchildren who take time off from class to participate in demonstrations to call for action on climate change.  

Thunberg arrived back in her home country last month after an epic voyage saw her cross the Atlantic from the UK to America before visiting cities across the US and Canada, then returning to Portugal. 

The school strike for the climate marches were sparked by Thunberg when she staged her first protest in August 2018, at the age of 15

The school strike for the climate marches were sparked by Thunberg when she staged her first protest in August 2018, at the age of 15

The school strike for the climate marches were sparked by Thunberg when she staged her first protest in August 2018, at the age of 15

A fellow activist snaps a picture of Greta Thunberg at the climate march on her 17th birthday

A fellow activist snaps a picture of Greta Thunberg at the climate march on her 17th birthday

A fellow activist snaps a picture of Greta Thunberg at the climate march on her 17th birthday 

The schoolgirl's dogged activism has seen her invited to speak at parliaments across the world, give a speech to the UN, and become Time's Person of the Year

The schoolgirl's dogged activism has seen her invited to speak at parliaments across the world, give a speech to the UN, and become Time's Person of the Year

The schoolgirl’s dogged activism has seen her invited to speak at parliaments across the world, give a speech to the UN, and become Time’s Person of the Year

From there she went by train to a climate summit in Spain – which ended without an agreement – before visiting Turin and Basel on her way back to Sweden. The young climate activist refuses to travel by plane due to the environmental cost and has twice crossed the Atlantic by boat in recent months. 

The schoolgirl’s dogged activism has seen her invited to speak at parliaments across the world, give a speech to the UN, and become Time’s Person of the Year.    

She was nominated for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize after spearheading a global movement demanding world leaders take action on climate change.

Thunberg docked at the North Cove Marina near the World Trade Center in Manhattan on arrival in August

Thunberg docked at the North Cove Marina near the World Trade Center in Manhattan on arrival in August

Thunberg docked at the North Cove Marina near the World Trade Center in Manhattan on arrival in August

Thunberg arrived back in her home country last month after an epic voyage saw her cross the Atlantic from the UK to America before visiting cities across the US and Canada, then returning to Portugal. She arrived back in her home country of Sweden last month

Thunberg arrived back in her home country last month after an epic voyage saw her cross the Atlantic from the UK to America before visiting cities across the US and Canada, then returning to Portugal. She arrived back in her home country of Sweden last month

Thunberg arrived back in her home country last month after an epic voyage saw her cross the Atlantic from the UK to America before visiting cities across the US and Canada, then returning to Portugal. She arrived back in her home country of Sweden last month 

Greta is currently on a gap year from her education and heads back to school in August.

Greta’s father has recently revealed how his daughter suffered with depression, but the teenager says her activism has been like a medicine.

She told Radio 4: ‘It really helps in getting out of that depression because it gives a feeling you are having an impact.’

Greta added: ‘Just being part of a movement that has so much impact on the world is an amazing feeling. I wish that more people could feel like that.’

Thunberg’s transatlantic odyssey

August 14: Sets sail from Plymouth, England.

August 28: Arrives in New York, USA.

She takes in Washington, D.C. Montreal, Quebec, Iowa City, Iowa, Standing Rock Indian Reservation, South Dakota, Denver, Colorado, Vancouver, British Columbia, and finally Los Angeles, California.

She had planned to travel south to Chile for the COP25 climate summit but because of political unrest it was relocated to Madrid.

‘It turns out I’ve traveled half around the world, the wrong way,’ she tweeted in November.

November 13: Sets sail from Hampton, Virginia.

December 3: Arrives in Lisbon, Portugal.

December 9: Takes part in a massive rally in Madrid for COP25.

December 13: Fridays for Future protest in Turin, Italy.

December 14: Train from Basel, Switzerland, north through Germany.

December 17: Posts photo with her dogs in Stockholm (‘Home!’)

 

 

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