Who is Greta Thunberg? On the one hand, practically everybody on the planet knows: She’s the Swedish teenage climate change activist with the Pippi Longstocking braids and the stern, strident oratorical style, who has resolved to be a thorn in the side of all major world powers until they make her environmental agenda their top priority. So famous is she that plenty of older men in politics and media seem to forget she’s a person at all, variously denigrating her as a “little turd” or a “mentally ill Swedish child” who, in the words of U.S. president Donald Trump, “must work on her anger management problem.” We know she has Asperger syndrome, and has described her diagnosis as a “superpower” rather than a disability. We know she’s still in school, and has rather more on her plate than most kids her age.
January 16, 2021