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Speaking Up for Earth

Greta Thunberg, 17, is from Sweden. She’s an environmental activist EVGENIA ARBUGAEVA FOR TIME

Greta Thunberg is an activist activist NEW YORK POST ARCHIVES/GETTY IMAGES a person who fights for a cause (noun) In the 1960s, student activists protested on college campuses. . She lives in Sweden. Greta cares about protecting protect ANDREA CHU—GETTY IMAGES to keep something from being harmed (verb) You should always wear sunscreen to protect your skin from sunburn. Planet Earth. She asks others to do their part to help the planet, too. Read on to learn more about the 17-year-old.

Greta goes on strike.

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She has a sign. It is written in Swedish. It says “School Strike for Climate.”

Greta meets with world leaders.

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She gives speeches. She asks leaders to take action to protect the planet.

Greta speaks to crowds.

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Thousands of people come to hear what Greta has to say. They are inspired by her message.

Greta travels across the ocean.

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Flying is harmful to the planet. So Greta traveled to New York City by boat. This sent a message to the world. The choices we make affect the environment environment BRIAN KENNEDY—GETTY IMAGES the natural world (noun) Littering is bad for the environment. .

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Greta started a movement. People all around the world are speaking out for the future of Planet Earth. Thank you, Greta!

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