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A Tree In Tasmania Has Been Named After Greta Thunberg

A Tree In Tasmania Has Been Named After Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg has been honoured for her work in raising awareness about climate change by having a tree named after her.

Conservationists in Tasmanian have decided to award the Swedish teenager for her ongoing work in raising awareness about the well-being of the planet.

The tree is one of five giant eucalyptus trees in the Huon Valley, and Forestry Watch has now declared it should be known as the Greta Thunberg tree.

Credit: Forestry Watch
Credit: Forestry Watch
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But Greta isn't the only climate activist that has been bestowed with a tree named in their honour.

Sir David Attenborough and author Tim Flannery have also been recognised for their work by having their names attached to trees in the same area.

Dr Jennifer Sanger from Forestry Watch said: "We chose to name these trees after famous climate change advocates as these trees play an important role in fighting climate change, just like their namesakes."

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"Trees of this age have very little economic value due to their degraded quality of wood, and are generally sold as pulpwood for low returns."

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Credit: PA

This will go down as another remarkable achievement for Thunberg, whose profile went stratospheric in 2019. Despite being just 16 years old at the time, she was honoured with TIME Magazine's Person of the Year.

In an article that explained why Thunberg had been named as the Person of the Year, TIME's editor-in-chief Edward Felsentha wrote: "When she first heard about global warming as an eight-year-old, Thunberg says she thought, 'That can't be happening, because if that were happening, then the politicians would be taking care of it.'

"That they weren't is precisely what motivated her to act, as it has youth the world over who are forcing us to confront the peril of our own inaction, from the student-led protests on the streets of Santiago, Chile, to the young democracy activists fighting for rights and representation in Hong Kong to the high schoolers from Parkland, Fla., whose march against gun violence Thunberg cites as an inspiration for her climate strikes."

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She became the youngest person ever to be awarded the prestigious title.

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