Greta Thunberg celebrates birthday with 7-hour climate protest

Teenage climate activists  Greta Thunberg turned 17 on Friday. She marked her birthday with a seven-hour protest outside the Swedish parliament.

Thunberg braved winter conditions in her native Stockholm to continue the weekly Friday School Strike for the Climate campaign that helped catapult her to international fame.

“I stand here striking from 8am until 3pm as usual … then I’ll go home,” Thunberg, Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2019 said.

“I’m not the kind of person who celebrates birthdays, I won’t have a birthday cake but we’ll have a dinner.”

Thunberg had a busy 12 months travelling the globe on a boat, train and car, making speeches and mobilizing climate action protests.

“It has been a strange and busy year, but also a great one because I have found something I want to do with my life and what I am doing is having an impact,” she said.

When she was 15, Thunberg began skipping school on Fridays to demonstrate outside the Swedish parliament to push her government to curb carbon emissions. Her campaign gave rise to a grassroots movement that has gone global, inspiring millions of people to take action.