Reading Time: < 1 minute Greta Thunberg turns 18 and hopes people will do more to help the planet in the face of the climate crisis Credit: Instagram
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The environmental campaigner Greta Thunberg who shot to fame for her iconic school strikes has called on more people to do more to help the planet.

In an interview to mark her 18th birthday, Thunberg said whilst she wasn’t ‘telling anyone what to do’, her ideal birthday present would be for more people to take the climate crisis more seriously.

‘I don’t need new clothes’

Thunberg told The Sunday Times Magazine: “I don’t need new clothes. I know people who have clothes, so I would ask them if I could borrow them or if they have something they don’t need anymore. 

“The worst-case scenario, I guess I’ll buy secondhand.”


When asked if she thought having children was selfish, following some campaigners’ assertions that overpopulation is putting a strain on the environment, she replied that people aren’t the problem, ‘it is our behavior’.

The Swedish activist encourages her 4.4 million Twitter followers to do more this year to help the planet

Praise for Greta

Thunberg was praised for her decision to no longer fly due to the emissions the airline industry produces into the atmosphere. She made it clear in the interview that she doesn’t hold grudges over people who do.

The Swedish environmental advocate was named TIME Person of The Year in 2019 and since then, a documentary has been made in her honor titled: I Am Greta

Emily is a News and Features Writer for Plant Based News. She has previously worked as a journalist in Devon, UK, reporting on local issues from politics to the environment.