Thunberg Ends ‘Gap Year’, Returns to School
Having spent the past year out of school campaigning against the climate crisis, #FridaysforFuture founder Greta Thunberg has returned to class in her home country of Sweden—to her great delight, reports the Associated Press.
Thunberg declared the end of her “gap year” in an Instagram post in which she sports a school bag and stands with her bike.
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While the pandemic and the shutdown of public rallies has “dampened” the profile of the #FridaysforFuture movement, AP notes that Thunberg continued her climate work through late August, when “she and other young activists held talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel regarding the climate.”
In March, Thunberg and her father Svante both went into self-isolation, believing they both may have been infected with the coronavirus during a train trip through central Europe, before travel restrictions were imposed.
Even in its early days, the pandemic showed “that our current societies are unsustainable,” she said at the time. “If one virus can wipe out the entire economy in a matter of weeks and shut down societies, then that is a proof that our societies are not very resilient. It also shows that once we are in an emergency, we can act and we can change our behaviour quickly. And as long as we have solidarity and common sense, we will get through any crisis.”