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Prince Harry Praises Greta Thunberg And Her Climate Activism

Prince Harry Praises Greta Thunberg And Her Climate Activism

Greta Thunberg has been receiving praise and commendations from leading figures around the world for inspiring millions to care about the planet.

But the Swedish 16-year-old has just copped a massive shout out from none other than Prince Harry.

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The Duke of Sussex gave a speech at the inaugural OnSide Awards, which celebrates 'young people who have gone above and beyond for their communities, many of whom have overcome the most challenging of circumstances'.

Prince Harry told the crowd that Greta has become a beacon of hope for many.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

The 35-year-old Royal began: "OnSide is an organisation that's still young, but as everybody here knows, you should never underestimate the power and influence of youth.

"When Greta started her climate change protest she was just 15 years old - one voice, with just one placard, sitting on her own outside the Swedish parliament."

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"She may have been just one person at the beginning, but she had a belief, a mission and a desire to do something not just for herself, but for everyone, and now the whole world is paying attention."

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Credit: PA

Prince Harry went on to say that Greta is an example of what can happen when you set your mind to something.

He continued: "Whatever your dream, every country, every community, every school, every friendship group, every family needs their own Greta.

"Someone who can lead the way, someone who is prepared to stand up for what they believe, and show how much they care for the people in their lives and the community around them."

It might take a while for the lovely words to reach Greta as she sails from mainland America to Europe for a climate convention in Madrid.

The 16-year-old activist was due to speak at the UN climate summit in December, but found herself stranded in the United States after the conference's location was changed from Chile to Spain at the last minute.

Thunberg made headlines when she announced she would only be travelling using eco-friendly means of transport, making her way from her home in Sweden to the USA in August via yacht.

Thankfully, the Nobel peace prize nominee announced that she had found a solution, with help coming from an unlikely place.

Thunberg's saviours came in the form of Australian vloggers Riley Whitlum and Elayna Carausu, who along with professional yachtswoman Nikki Henderson will set sail for Europe with Greta in tow on their 48ft long catamaran.

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Topics: World News, News

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.

 

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