Whether she’s demanding action from world leaders on the climate crisis or organizing youth-led marches for climate justice across the globe, all eyes are on 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg.
In the midst of an outpouring of praise from budding young activists to Hollywood movie stars, including Oscar-winning actress Anne Hathaway, Thunberg says the “funniest” message of support she’s received is from Terminator actor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
“The best offer is probably — or ‘so-called best’ — but one of the funniest offers I have received is that Arnold Schwarzenegger has offered me to lend his electric car if I wanted to,” Thunberg revealed on a new episode of a popular Scandinavian talk show called Skavlan that will be aired in Sweden on Sept. 27.
Skavlan has confirmed that Greta Thunberg and her father will be taking up the former California governor on his offer. They will use the eco-friendly vehicle to continue her climate march in Canada.
“I knew from the last time I had Greta on the show that she’s indeed a unique personality with a lot of integrity,” TV host Fredrik Skavlan tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “Although her topic is a serious one, patience will be rewarded with great one-liners. And — as with the fact that she’s now borrowing Arnold’s car — some stories you really didn’t see coming.”
The Swedish activist previously spoke to the Skavlan in January, sharing her passion for fighting climate change, which was sparked after watching a film about ocean pollution at age 8. Thunberg sat down with Skavlan again this week in New York City to talk about her whirlwind week of activism in the U.S., which has become a source of both inspiration and ire from divided Americans.
Despite facing vicious backlash, including being disparaged for her Aspberger’s on national television and being mocked by Trump on Twitter, Thunberg has taken it all in stride, continuing her campaign for action on climate change unfazed.
I honestly don’t understand why adults would choose to spend their time mocking and threatening teenagers and children for promoting science, when they could do something good instead. I guess they must simply feel so threatened by us. ->— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) September 25, 2019
Before she was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy, Thunberg made changes in her own life to combat the climate crisis. On her last appearance on Skavlan, the environmental activist talks about becoming vegan, refusing to purchase new products and only taking eco-friendly transportation even when traveling to speak all over the world. She even traveled to New York City to continue her campaign against climate change on a zero-emissions sailboat.
Then, in a powerful and impassioned speech at this week’s U.N. Climate Summit, the 16-year-old rebuked leaders for not doing their part too.
“This is all wrong," Thunberg said, reading from a piece of paper. "I shouldn't be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean, yet you come to us young people for hope. How dare you."
As she continues her North America campaign, the Swedish activist will be headed to Montreal, Canada for yet another climate march — a journey she will make with Schwarzenegger’s electric car free of charge and using little to no carbon emissions.
Greta Thunberg and Arnold Schwarzenegger did not immediately reply to Yahoo LIfestyle’s request for comment.
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