Greta Thunberg – How Her Fight Against Climate Change Helped Her Overcome Depression

Even though currently the coronavirus pandemic seems like the only threat to humanity’s existence, it is not. The pandemic has taken over conversations in the public and private spheres, with little to no discussion about other issues. However, there are certain people who are fighting for issues close to their hearts no matter what. One such person the 17-year-old climate change activist Greta Thunberg.

Thunberg is one of the very few individuals today who are actively trying to bring about change for the improvement of the planet. At the young age of 15, she caused waves all around the world by sitting on a sole strike outside the Swedish parliament.

Now, Greta has revealed that her activism isn’t just saving the planet, it also saved her.

Greta Thunberg - How Her Fight Against Climate Change Helped Her Overcome Depression
Thunberg outside the Swedish parliament in 2018

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Greta Thunberg has been featured in a book series along with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Curry, Bryan Stevenson, Gloria Steinem, and Nelson Mandela. Titled “I Know This To Be True,” this series seeks to get answers on leadership and life from modern world leaders.

“I became depressed. I saw that everything was so wrong, and nothing mattered. How I got out of that depression was by thinking to myself, ‘I can do so much, one person can do so much. And so I should try to do everything I can to change things, instead of just doing nothing.’”

Thunberg revealed that she was exposed to information about what was happening around the world at the age of 8 or 9. The state of the planet horrified her. Moreover, the fact that no one was doing anything about it was something that she could not comprehend.

After becoming a public figure, she has become more vocal about this cause affected her personally. She gave a TEDTalk in November 2018, and revealed that she went into depression at the age of 11. Within a span of two months, she lost more than 22 lbs. and stopped talking and eating.

Greta Thunberg - How Her Fight Against Climate Change Helped Her Overcome Depression
The book series “I Know This To Be True”

In her book, Greta also talked about what made her happy.

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“My dogs make me happy! And when something is happening — like when change is coming, or happening,” she said, per the book. “For example, when I see children school-striking, that makes me happy. To look through the internet and just see millions of children who are school-striking for the climate — that makes me happy as well.”

Greta’s fight against climate change was able to bring her back from a dark phase, let us hope it can do that for the planet as well.

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