Less than a year before Greta Thunberg was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, she was relatively unknown. However, after skipping school for weeks on end, the Swedish teen has become somewhat of a sensation among young people. And thanks to Thunberg’s passion and determination, kids around the world have joined her in her astonishing fight.
It’s sometimes said that youth is wasted on the young. Yes, the old adage seemingly suggests that the most vibrant years of our lives – the times when we’re likely to have the most energy and optimism – occur as children. But as kids, some of us squander our opportunities to make lasting changes in the world.
But this is not true in all cases. In fact, there have been lots of young people throughout the years who have used their unique –and often unjaded – views of the world to make real differences. And in doing so, these children have been widely celebrated by the adult world for the amazing accomplishments that they’ve made.