Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, who shot to global fame for inspiring worldwide student strikes to promote action against climate change, took her mission to U.S. President Donald Trump’s doorstep on this month with a protest outside the White House. Next came the “Climate Strike” in which youths and adults were encouraged to walk out of schools and work to urge more action on climate change.
Trump is among a small minority of global leaders who have openly questioned the science of climate change. He has announced his intention to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement – a global pact to stem the rise in global temperatures – and has a policy of maximizing the American production of fossil fuels. Thunberg was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize earlier this year after the number of students taking part in her strikes – dubbed “Fridays for Future” – broke 2 million across 135 countries. She was named one of the world’s most influential people by Time magazine in May.