Climate change activist – and arguably the world’s most celebrated truant – Greta Thunberg has accepted an invitation to participate in a parliamentary debate in Lisbon, promoted by the special committee on the environment, energy and territorial planning.
The exact date has yet to be confirmed, but it is almost certain to be sometime at the end of this month/ early December.
Explain reports, the invitation came from the special committee’s president José Maria Cardoso, following a unanimous vote in parliament to welcome Greta to Portugal.
The Swedish youngster – still only 16 – shot to fame last year after starting the first ‘school strike’ in front of her country’s parliament, demanding measures to tackle climate change.
In just 14 months, she has managed to enthuse young people throughout the globe promting similar ‘school strikes’ in over 100 cities.
She has addressed United Nations conferences, been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, been interviewed alongside celebrities and named as one of the world’s most influential people of 2019 by Time Magazine
Whatever people may feel about this determined teenager with Asperger’s Syndrome, her campaign to ‘wake the world up to the consequences of climate change’ have ensured the issues are now at the forefront of the global psyche.
Her trip to Portugal will be on the last leg of her journey from the US to Spain for COP25, the 25th United Nations Climate Change conference to be held in Madrid from December 2-13.