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In 2018, a 15-year-old girl became the leader of a global movement for climate change. She’s Swedish, but she did a very French thing: she went on strike! She stood outside the Swedish Parliament for days holding up a sign that read “School strike for the climate.” Other students joined in, and soon, teenagers around the world were participating in weekly marches for climate change. The teenager addressed the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference. In 2019, at least two of the student marches had over 1 million participants each!
In May 2019, Thunberg was on the cover of Time magazine and called a role model. She was named Time’s Person of the Year for 2019 and was even nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. Unfortunately, being a leader often means being a target. All this attention made her vulnerable to attacks on Twitter, notably by US President Donald Trump, who was upset that he wasn’t named Person of the Year. Trump tweeted, “So ridiculous. Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good, old- fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!”
Thunberg, whose Twitter bio usually reads, “17-year-old climate and environmental activist with Asperger's.”. In response to Trump’s tweet, she responded in style, changing her Twitter bio to, “A teenager working on her anger management problem. Currently chilling and watching a good, old-fashioned movie with a friend.”
Swedish = Suédois
(to go) on strike = faire la grève
to stand = (ici) rester
sign = une pancarte
around the world = à travers le monde
marches = des manifestations
at least = au moins
target = une cible
upset = (très) énervé
to work on = travailler sur
to chill = (ici) se détendre
in style = avec panache