I Need a Break, Says Globetrotting Greta

Guglielmo Mangiapane/Reuters

Tireless teenage activist Greta Thunberg has been crisscrossing the globe by car, train and boat – but not plane – to demand action on climate change. But now even she needs a rest.

Fresh from being named Time magazine’s Person of the Year, the 16-year-old Swede joined thousands of students in the north Italian city of Turin on Friday for a protest to pressure the government to take more action to curb carbon emissions.

Thunberg, who refuses to fly, travelled to Turin by train and car from Madrid after attending a U.N. climate summit in the Spanish capital. She arrived in Europe only a few days earlier aboard a catamaran after spending months campaigning in the United States.

Now she needs a little downtime.

“I will be home for Christmas and then I will take a holiday break because you need to take rest,” she told reporters in Turin.

“Otherwise you cannot do this all the time.”

But the renowned activist showed plenty of energy as she addressed the rally in Turin, the birthplace of carmaker Fiat, in one of Italy’s main industrial and polluting regions.

“2019 is almost over. We must make sure that 2020 is the year of action, is the year when we bend the global emissions curve,” she told the youthful crowd.

“We are going to put pressure on those in power, we are going to make sure that they will act and they will take responsibility.”

When she was 15, Thunberg skipped school on Fridays to demonstrate outside the Swedish parliament to push her government to curb carbon emissions. Her campaign gave rise to a grassroots movement called Fridays for Future that has gone global, inspiring millions of people to take action.

“We are very excited to have Greta protesting side-by-side with us,” said fellow activist Elena Costa, 22, from Turin. “We want to explain our goals to everyone and invite everyone to come Friday after Friday, every single week.”

(Reporting by Cristiano Corvino; Writing by Angelo Amante; Editing by Pravin Char)

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Genital sympathizes with Greta because they are so much alike.

Ignorant. Presuming to knowledge (like education or science. Where’s your Earth Science or Meteorology degree Genital?) Angry and insulting. Both scolding, scowling, and (in their minds) superior.

That they cannot contain their venom is indicative of a lack of self-control or emotional-intelligence. At least Greta is young and Asperger’s. Genital is simply dysfunctional. This is what happens when people are awarded self-esteem they NEVER earned.

General Confusion

“Except for the fact that she doesn’t know what she’s talking about, climate change is exactly that, change and it could go colder or hotter. It’s called weather.” Don Snyder

You are obviously ANOTHER IJR member who doesn’t have a clue about the differences between climate and weather! You need to listen to Greta more often, Don.

Don Snyder

That’s funny. I was thinking we needed a break from you since … well, since we first heard about you.

General Confusion

“Being an angry teenage scold must be exhausting.” I Ching

Being angry at adults for not protecting her future must be exhausting.

General Confusion

“She should be in school not on such a look at me mission. ” Cherl

You know that that is not the reason why she is campaigning for real change. She is doing it for the survival of her generation and those that come after herself, too.


Genital a/k/a moron,

“Complain, complain, complain.

You aren’t going to live long enough to see the harm you caused, so what do YOU care, right?”

Gee, if AOC and Greta are right NO ONE will live long enough. Twelve years is a hard line prediction that will definitely prove a lie.


Being an angry teenage scold must be exhausting. Especially traveling by train and car (which have CO2 footprints). She might have stayed safe and happy at home and used teleconferencing (which has also has a CO2 footprint) while spreading her message of no discussion, be pissed, we’re all going to die.


Really don’t care – maybe she’ll stay in Europe in 2020





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