The mother of Greta Thunberg has revealed her family have received threats over the Swedish activist’s newfound fame as the unlikely leader of the climate changemovement.
The 16-year-old, who shot into the public consciousness when she skipped school in protest over the world’s inaction on global warming, has become a ‘hate figure’, according to her opera singer mother Malena Ernman.
The teenager’s speeches have inspired thousands of other schoolchildren to join her strike, and she has spoken at the House of Commons and the European Parliament, and addressed Extinction Rebellion protesters at Marble Arch.
Despite not yet being old enough to vote in her home country, the impassioned youngster and her family have been faced with a barrage of criticism.
Speaking on TV4 Nyhetsmorgon, her mother said: ‘[The hardest part is] to receive as much criticism and hatred and threats as we get, to keep both children healthy and also get some sleep in between.’
The mother of Greta Thunberg, pictured in London yesterday, has revealed her family have received threats over the Swedish activist’s newfound fame as the unlikely leader of the climate change movement
Opera singer Malena Ernman, said: ‘[The hardest part is] to receive as much criticism and hatred and threats as we get, to keep both children healthy and also get some sleep in between’ . Ernman, who was Sweden’s entry in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, has two children with actor Svante Thunberg – Greta and Beata.
She has been incredibly supportive of Greta’s crusade, with the family giving up flying and going vegan in 2016. They also installed solar batteries, started growing their own vegetables and cycled everywhere, keeping an electric car for emergencies.
Greta, who visited the UK to talk to MPs including John Bercow, Jeremy Corbyn and Ed Miliband earlier this week, travels by train despite the long distances, keeping her Twitter followers updated along the way.
Erman revealed that her father Svante stays with her on her journey as ‘protection’ while she stars as the lead role in the musical ‘As in Heaven’.
Despite being attacked by thousands of trolls from across the globe as her daughter fights to save the planet, Ernman says she wouldn’t change a thing.
She added: ‘I am first and foremost a mom, and I can see that my daughter is happy… I react like a mother. I get worried, happy and proud.’
The 16 year old, who shot into the public consciousness when she skipped school in protest over the world’s inaction on global warming, has become a ‘hate figure’. Pictured: Greta holding her now-famous ‘
‘Skolstrejk för Klimatet’ (School strike for the climate) sign
The Nobel Peace Prize nominee previously explained that she first learned about climate change in school, aged nine, but she was baffled and frustrated by what she saw as a lack of action.
‘If humans could really change the climate, everyone would be talking about it and people wouldn’t be talking about anything else,’ she said. ‘But this wasn’t happening.’
In August last year, her private personal protest went public when she walked out of school and sat outside the Riksdag, handing out leaflets that said ‘I’m doing this because you adulting are sh**ing on my future’.
Her demands were simple — that politicians reduced carbon emissions in line with the Paris Agreement of 2015.
In November 2018, still aged just 15, she gave her first TED talk, which has now been viewed more than a million times.
Some have questioned whether her rise to global fame has been as accidental as it appears, but Miss Thunberg and her family have hit back hard at any suggestion of media manipulation.
Her school strike coincided with the launch of a book about climate change written by her mother, according to Swiss magazine Die Weltwoche, but Miss Thunberg denied that the book launch had anything to do with her.