Sweedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg is continuing her media appearances in the United States as she prepares to participate in the upcoming United Nations climate action Summit next week. Greta appeared on PBS NewsHour Friday where she was interviewed in-depth about what motivates her to fight for action on climate change and what she thinks about the overwhelming support she has been getting from all over the world with fellow youth joining in weekly climate strikes that are held each Friday where students skip school to bring awareness to the climate change topic. Greta Thunberg appearance on the PBS newscast is the latest in the Swedish teen’s media tour which also included stops by CBS This Morning and Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. PBS has revealed that they along with media outlets around the world are joining forces to give more coverage to the topic of climate change in response to the calls by Greta Thunberg and her supporters call on leaders to act.
Greta Thunberg arrived in New York at the end of August for the upcoming United Nations climate action Summit after traveling across the Atlantic Ocean on a zero-emissions boat. Greta has become the face for young people around the world on the subject of climate change she has also inspired people by how she has dealt with Asperger’s Syndrome. The sixteen-year-old has said in previous interviews that it is precisely that diagnosis of Asperger syndrome that has helped her focus on the issue of climate change. Having the ability to focus on what others would perceive to be “boring facts” on the issue and continuing to educate herself.
In her interview with PBS NewsHour which you can watch in its entirety below, Greta Thunberg shares how she first became aware of climate change.
I was completely unaware of everything, like everyone else. And I learned about this in school.
And I learned the basics, that the planet was warming because of increased greenhouse gas emissions, and that would lead to — that the global temperature would rise, there would be more extreme weather, and so on.
And I just thought that, if it’s really as serious as they are saying it is, then why isn’t it being discussed more? Why isn’t it being a higher priority?
So I started to read about it more and more. And then I started to understand how acute it actually was and is.