Some of her speeches, as well as reactions during her speeches, turned the young climate activist into a meme. Many car enthusiasts decided to make fun of the activist with Asperger's' syndrome, who now mentions the daily average concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere (measured in ppm) at the time of her birth on her Twitter account. It was 375 ppm at the time (back in 2003), and it got to 416 ppm back in February 2020.
Now, in a recent interview with the Germans at Welt, Greta stated that she wants to leave the microphone to someone else. While Greta Thunberg intends to be a climate activist in the future, she wants a different role, which will be in the background, instead of being at the forefront of fighting climate change.
It is an unusual stance for someone who has made themselves known across the world for their position on climate, as many who dreamt of being in her shoes might have attempted to remain in the spotlight. Now, Greta thinks that “there are other people who need to be heard more urgently,” and those people are in “the Global South.”
In case you are wondering what the 19-year-old Swedish climate activist is talking about, the Global South refers to more than half the world and includes all the countries below the Equator, as well as a few above, except for Australia. Think of regions of Latin America, Africa, Oceania, and Asia, which are more prone to the effects of climate change than North America or Europe.
Moreover, in the same interview, Greta decided to present her point of view, which she underlined that is not one of “Fridays for Future,” regarding nuclear power plants.
According to Thunberg, "there is an important difference between building new nuclear energy power plants and leaving existing ones running,” and her personal note was that it “is a mistake to stop them when coal is the alternative.” Ironically, climate activists have protested against nuclear power plants for years.