Share article:
Share article:

Greta Thunberg returns to school after political gap year

Credit: Lëa-Kim Châteauneuf

Greta Thunberg has completed her political gap year and returned to high school in Sweden, one week after meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin.

For most Swedish students, the school year started on 19 August. Thunberg (17) missed her first official days, however, to meet with Merkel and Belgians Anuna De Wever and Adélaïde Charlier, who led the Belgian school strikes for the climate.

It is not clear which high school the young climate activist will be attending.

Thunberg first picked up a picket sign in 2018 at age 15, when she skipped school to protest climate change right outside the Swedish Parliament. The meeting with Merkel took place exactly two years later.

During the meeting, Thunberg, De Wever, Charlier and German student Luisa Neubauer presented Merkel with a joint letter that urged governments around the world to limit the use of fossil fuels. The letter has been signed more than 120,000 times globally since July.

Since she started protesting, Thunberg has attracted international attention and inspired many students around the world to organise climate protests and school strikes of their own.

She has been both berated and praised for her direct speeches aimed at the world’s leaders, wishing for them to make a change. American President Donald Trump ridiculed her by saying she had “anger management issues” and needed to “chill”. Merkel, on the other hand, has continuously praised Thunberg for motivating political change.

At the end of 2019, Time Magazine crowned Thunberg as Person of the Year. In 2019, Sweden announced her to be the Swedish Woman of the Year. She was also nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2019 and in 2020.

Amée Zoutberg
The Brussels Times

Latest news

Anti-vaxxers demonstrate against Covid Safe Ticket in Brussels
Hundreds of supporters of the anti-vaxx movement gathered on Saturday outside the headquarters of the Pfizer pharmaceutical company to protest ...
Belgium’s investment funds total 260 billion euros in assets
Belgium’s funds industry grew by 5.3% (13 billion euros) in the second quarter of this year, bringing investment funds available to the public to ...
Brussels to Luxembourg by train in two hours soon possible
The fastest train ride between Brussels and Luxembourg currently takes almost three hours, but that could be slashed to about two hours thanks to the ...
Daily Covid infections up by almost 30% in Belgium
Between 6 and 12 October, an average of 2,438 people were infected with the Covid-19 virus every day, according to figures from the Sciensano public ...
Over 80,000 companies in Belgium non-compliant with anti-money laundering meassures
Over 80,000 companies and non-profits in Belgium are still not compliant with the Ultimate Business Owner (UBO) register, which is required of them ...
Increase in tax exemption for donations in Belgium fails to meet expectations
The increase from 45% to 60% in the tax exemption for donations, decided by the former federal government in June 2020, has cost Belgium more than ...
Sex workers in Belgium to get more social rights protection
The social rights of sex workers will soon be better protected in Belgium, Belga News Agency reports. The Council of Ministers has approved a draft ...
Belgian firms sent almost 266 billion euros to tax havens last year
Hundreds of Belgian firms sent close to 266 billion euros to tax havens last year, De Tijd reported on Saturday. Any Belgian individual or firm ...
Belgian investigator wins prestigious US prize
Olivier Hardy, an investigator with the federal police’s anti-terrorist unit in Brussels, DR3, received on Friday a "Top Cop" prize in Washington for ...
Pegasus Project: European Parliament awards journalism prize to investigation of use of spyware
The Daphne Caruana Prize for Journalism was awarded on Thursday to the journalists from the Pegasus Project coordinated by the Forbidden Stories ...
Belgians can now test their knowledge of driving rules and win prizes
The Walloon Road Safety Agency (AWSR) launched on Friday a quiz to allow the general public to test their knowledge of the highway code. Last year, ...
600 extras wanted for film about Belgian ‘Porn King’ and notorious Antwerp nightclub
A Belgian movie telling the story of a notorious Antwerp nightclub with connections to a Belgian 'Porn King' is looking for 600 extras at the end of ...