Greta Thunberg got no support from me: Father

n an interview to the BBC, Greta’s father Svante Thunberg said he thought it was “a bad idea” for his daughter to take to the “front line” of the battle against climate change. Thunberg said he was “not supportive” of his daughter skipping school ...

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LONDON: Greta Thunberg may have become the new global climate icon, but the 16-year-old Swedish teenager struggled with depression for three to four years and received no support from her father for skipping school for activism, a bold decision that has inspired millions to join her in raising awareness on environmental issues.

In an interview to the BBC, Greta’s father Svante Thunberg said he thought it was “a bad idea” for his daughter to take to the “front line” of the battle against climate change. Thunberg said he was “not supportive” of his daughter skipping school for the climate strike.

As part of the same broadcast, guest-edited by Greta for Radio 4’s Today programme, renowned naturalist and broadcaster David Attenborough told her she had “woken up the world” to climate change and “achieved things that many of us who have been working on the issue for 20 years have failed to do”.


Greta was nominated for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, after spearheading a global movement demanding world leaders take action over climate change. It led to co-ordinated school strikes across the globe. Thunberg said his daughter had struggled with depression for “three or four years” before she began her school strike. “She stopped talking... she stopped going to school,” he said, adding that it was the “ultimate nightmare for a parent” when Greta began refusing to eat.

To help her get better, Thunberg spent more time with Greta and her younger sister, Beata, at their home in Sweden. Greta’s mother, opera singer and former Eurovision Song Contest participant Malena Ernman, cancelled contracts so the whole family could be together.
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