If you still don’t know who Greta Thunberg is, you will soon. The 16 year-old climate activist has been pretty busy saving the world; her movement, Fridays for Future, has been spreading internationally at an incredible pace.
And just this week, Greta arrived by zero-emission sailboat to New York City in order to attend the United Nations Climate Summit. You’d think that someone who’d just sailed for days from Sweden to the USA wouldn’t have much to deal with in the way of online bullying, and yet, four days ago, Greta made a bold statement on Instagram.
Greta Thunberg Proves Autism Isn’t Something to Be ‘Cured’
It’s pretty messed up that those who are trying to undermine Greta’s work would attack her for having autism, but that’s the world we live in. It seems like in the modern political climate, right-wing climate deniers don’t mind how low they stoop to protect the interests of those companies still responsible for climate change.
Thankfully, we have activists like Greta Thunberg, who has a platform to point out that our society’s understanding of autism has progressed, and it’s not something we should see as a problem or something to be ‘cured.’
Greta’s work does a lot to undo the stigma against neurodiverse people. She has the visibility to make statements like the one she made on Instagram, but her work also speaks for itself as a huge achievement, that should challenge the way many people think about those with autism.
”Being different is a superpower.”
Thunberg said in her post that she usually doesn’t talk much about having Asperger’s, because other people often misconstrue it as a problem with her. But she wanted to be clear that she doesn’t shy away from talking about it out of shame.
Instead, she says that since she began working for action against climate change, “I have found a meaning, in a world that sometimes seems meaningless to so many people.” In other words, she’s too focused on her activism to spend time worrying about her diagnosis, and what it means for the way she’s perceived.
Focused on the Future
For now, Greta Thunberg is focused on the future, and not letting the haters cloud her vision.
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