Greta Thunberg has revealed how being diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome has shaped her approach to the climate crisis, saying: ‘It helped me see through a lot of cops ***’.
The 19-year-old climate activist gained recognition at the age of 15 when she started spending her Fridays sitting in front of Sweden’s parliament building and calling for more serious action on climate change.
Speaking to Britain’s Elle magazine about her activism and the impact Asperger’s has had on her work, Ms Thunberg said: “It (Asperger’s) has helped me see through a lot of bullshit because they’re like, ‘Oh yes, so far we are not in line with the Paris Agreement, but at least we are taking small steps in the right direction.
“Some people might see this as if we’re trying, but the way I see it is that we’re so far from what we have to do for even the basics.”
Ms Thunberg delivered a powerful speech on climate change on the Pyramid Stage of the Glastonbury Festival earlier this year, urging society to shoulder its “historic responsibility to put things right with the global climate crisis”.
In a post on Instagram after the event, Glastonbury co-organiser Emily Eavis said it was an “honor” to have the environmental activist speak at the festival, describing her speech as “inspirational, powerful and important”.
Ms Thunberg also shared her take on the concept of hope, proposing society to redefine what it means to be hopeful in the face of the climate crisis, saying “hope means taking action”.
“First is hope for who? Is it for us?” She said.
“People living in financially affluent parts of the world who bear the brunt of the blame for the climate catastrophe — maybe not us individuals, but we in that part of the world — or hope for those actually affected by the climate crisis?
“I don’t think hope is something that can be given to you, you have to create it yourself. Hope means taking action. I think we need to redefine hope because it’s being used against us.
“If there is hope, you don’t have to do anything, but that is the opposite of hope.”
Later this month, at the London Literature Festival, Ms Thunberg will launch her new book The Climate Book, a collection of more than 100 contributions from the likes of economist Kate Raworth, writer and activist Naomi Klein and author Margaret Atwood.
Speaking of one of the key messages from the climate book, Ms Thunberg told Elle UK: “One of the key messages is ‘don’t listen to me, listen to the scientists, listen to the experts, listen to the best affected…’
“I could talk about all these things, but I’m a privileged white person living in Sweden. I don’t really have a story to tell, so it’s up to others who need to be heard to speak about these things. “
The full interview with Greta Thunberg is now available on Elle UK.
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