Greta Thunberg is a Swedish activist who, at age 15, began protesting outside the Swedish parliament about the need for immediate action to combat climate change and has since become an outspoken climate activist. She is known for having initiated the school strike for climate movement that formed in November 2018 and surged globally after the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24) in December the same year. Her personal activism began in August 2018, when her recurring and solitary Skolstrejk för klimatet ("School strike for the climate") protesting outside the Swedish parliament in Stockholm began attracting media coverage. On 15 March 2019, an estimated 1.4 million students in 112 countries around the world joined her call in striking and protesting. A similar event involving students from 125 countries took place on 24 May 2019. Thunberg has received various prizes and awards for her activism. In March 2019, two deputies the Swedish parliament and three deputies of the Norwegian parliament nominated Thunberg for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Like Pippi Longstocking, who could lift a horse and became a hero for her generation of children, children all over the world have taken to the streets inspired by Greta to protest politicians lack of action in this grave time of climate change.