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The climate activist on becoming the face of a global movement — and why she sees her Asperger’s as a gift.
This is the 26th week of her school strike, which has taken place every Friday since school started last August — including vacations. During that time she has rocketed to a level of fame and influence that pretty much nobody, including herself, expected.
Over the past six months, she has become a superstar of the climate change movement. Her school strike, which started out with her sitting alone on a camping mat next to parliament, was swiftly highlighted by the media. Then came a Ted talk, speeches at rallies, and an invitation to address last December’s UN climate talks in Poland. Inspired by her example, the number of student strikers across Europe swelled into the thousands, then the tens of thousands — and all because of the bundled-up teenager in front of me with her hair in plaits.
She speaks softly, often simply nodding when addressed. A few years ago she was diagnosed with Asperger’s, obsessive-compulsive disorder and selective mutism, which means she only speaks when necessary.
She suffered from a severe depression when she was 11, he goes on to explain, and taking action on climate change helped her recovery.