Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg. Greta was nominated for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, after spearheading the global movement, which also led to co-ordinated school strikes across the globe.(AP)
Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg. Greta was nominated for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, after spearheading the global movement, which also led to co-ordinated school strikes across the globe.(AP)

Greta Thunberg battled depression, activism made her very happy, says father

Svante Thunberg has accompanied Greta on her sailing expeditions to the UN climate summits in New York and Madrid. She refuses to travel by air because of its environmental impact.
By Indo Asian News Service | London
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2019 03:48 PM IST

The father of Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish environment activist, has said that she “changed” and has become “very happy” as a result of her activism that has contributed towards a global movement demanding world leaders to take action over climate change.

In an interview with the BBC, Svante Thunberg said: “You think she’s not ordinary now because she’s special, and she’s very famous, and all these things. But to me she’s now an ordinary child - she can do all the things like other people can.

“She dances around, she laughs a lot, we have a lot of fun - and she’s in a very good place.”

Speaking to the BBC, Svante Thunberg said that 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, Svante 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.

Over the next few years they began discussing and researching climate change, with Greta becoming increasingly passionate about tackling the issue.

Svante Thunberg has accompanied Greta on her sailing expeditions to the UN climate summits in New York and Madrid. She refuses to travel by air because of its environmental impact.

“I did all these things, I knew they were the right thing to do... but I didn’t do it to save the climate, I did it to save my child,” he told the BBC.

Greta was nominated for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, after spearheading the global movement, which also led to co-ordinated school strikes across the globe.

Earlier this year, she was named the TIME magazine’s 2019 Person of the Year.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close
The Burger King UK continued defending the tweet after many social media users reacted to the advertisement on the particular occasion.(Bloomberg)
The Burger King UK continued defending the tweet after many social media users reacted to the advertisement on the particular occasion.(Bloomberg)

Burger King apologises, deletes 'Women belong in the kitchen' tweet

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Deepali Sharma, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 09, 2021 10:50 AM IST
In order to promote its culinary scholarship and encourage women participation Burger King UK tweeted, "Women belong in the kitchen", which has now been deleted.
Close
People wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus walk past a wall surrounding a construction site for skyscrapers in the central business district in Beijing.(AP)
People wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus walk past a wall surrounding a construction site for skyscrapers in the central business district in Beijing.(AP)

US firms in China see growth, improved ties after Covid-19 pandemic

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON MAR 09, 2021 10:42 AM IST
  • The surge in optimism on bilateral ties came on the back of Joe Biden’s election as the new US president, AmCham China chairman Greg Gilligan said.
Close
A passenger gets a test, developed by Sheba Medical Center, which takes 15 minutes to deliver results and considered reliable for detecting active coronavirus disease (Covid-19) infection, an El Al spokesman said.(Reuters)
A passenger gets a test, developed by Sheba Medical Center, which takes 15 minutes to deliver results and considered reliable for detecting active coronavirus disease (Covid-19) infection, an El Al spokesman said.(Reuters)

A quick swab and a boarding pass: Israel's El Al launches check-in Covid-19 test

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON MAR 09, 2021 10:41 AM IST
  • The aim of the test was to ensure no one on the plane carried the coronavirus or could infect others. But masks were still mandatory for the duration of the 12-hour flight.
Close
China’s leadership is worried about US sanctions cutting off access to core technologies, and wants to make the economy more dependent on innovation as traditional growth engines like urbanization are slowing.(REUTERS)
China’s leadership is worried about US sanctions cutting off access to core technologies, and wants to make the economy more dependent on innovation as traditional growth engines like urbanization are slowing.(REUTERS)

China lays out ambitious five-year targets at National People's Congress

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON MAR 09, 2021 09:11 AM IST
A top priority is increasing spending on research and development, which covers basic scientific research and spending by companies on the development of new products.
Close
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks at the Covid-19 vaccination site at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, US March 8, 2021.(REUTERS)
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks at the Covid-19 vaccination site at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, US March 8, 2021.(REUTERS)

Lawyers probing Cuomo have dealt political figures in high profile cases

AP, New York
PUBLISHED ON MAR 09, 2021 09:07 AM IST
The allegations include asking questions about the women's love lives and discussing his own, making inappropriate comments about their appearance and, in some cases, subjecting them to unwanted kisses or too-intimate hugs.
Close
People wearing protective face masks are seen inside a movie theater, as cinemas in Argentina reopen amid an easing of new coronavirus disease (Covid-19) infections, in Buenos Aires, Argentina March 3, 2021. (Reuters)
People wearing protective face masks are seen inside a movie theater, as cinemas in Argentina reopen amid an easing of new coronavirus disease (Covid-19) infections, in Buenos Aires, Argentina March 3, 2021. (Reuters)

Fully vaccinated people can gather without masks, CDC says

AP, New York
PUBLISHED ON MAR 09, 2021 06:12 AM IST
“With more and more people vaccinated each day, we are starting to turn a corner,” said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky.
Close
Vice President Kamala Harris speaks as President Joe Biden listens during an event to mark International Women's Day, Monday, March 8, 2021, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)(AP)
Vice President Kamala Harris speaks as President Joe Biden listens during an event to mark International Women's Day, Monday, March 8, 2021, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)(AP)

Kamala Harris to make UN debut as US VP at gender equality meeting

Reuters, New York
PUBLISHED ON MAR 09, 2021 05:56 AM IST
Harris will speak at the virtual 65th Commission on the Status of Women on March 16.
Close
Tear gas and fire extinguisher gas float around demonstrators during a protest against the military coup in Naypyitaw, Myanmar.(REUTERS)
Tear gas and fire extinguisher gas float around demonstrators during a protest against the military coup in Naypyitaw, Myanmar.(REUTERS)

Myanmar protesters defy curfew; media outlets ordered shut

AP, Yangon
PUBLISHED ON MAR 09, 2021 05:53 AM IST
The night's street protests began after police cordoned off part of Yangon’s Sanchaung neighborhood and were believed to be conducting door-to-door searches for those who fled attacks by security forces to seek shelter in the homes of sympathetic strangers.
Close
Joe Prude, right, brother of Daniel Prude, and Daniel's nephew Armin, stand with a picture of Daniel Prude in Rochester, NY. (AP)
Joe Prude, right, brother of Daniel Prude, and Daniel's nephew Armin, stand with a picture of Daniel Prude in Rochester, NY. (AP)

Wrongful death suit filed on behalf of Daniel Prude's kids

Posted by Shivani | AP, Rochester
PUBLISHED ON MAR 09, 2021 05:40 AM IST
  • The family claims in the lawsuit in US District Court that both the actions of the Rochester police and an “attempted cover-up” by the department and city government violated Prude's constitutional rights, attorneys for the family said.
Close
The draft “Afghanistan Peace Agreement” is the second key document related to the Biden administration’s efforts to push the peace process in Afghanistan that has leaked in recent days Bloomberg(Bloomberg)
The draft “Afghanistan Peace Agreement” is the second key document related to the Biden administration’s efforts to push the peace process in Afghanistan that has leaked in recent days Bloomberg(Bloomberg)

In draft deal for Afghan peace, US wants Taliban in interim govt

By Rezaul H Laskar, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 09, 2021 05:30 AM IST
  • The US proposal states that a “transitional peace government of Afghanistan” will be formed once the peace agreement is signed
Close
Harry and Meghan, known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, announced they were quitting royal duties last year. REUTERS(VIA REUTERS)
Harry and Meghan, known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, announced they were quitting royal duties last year. REUTERS(VIA REUTERS)

Suicide to racism: Harry, Meghan on royal mess

By Yashwant Raj, Washington
PUBLISHED ON MAR 09, 2021 05:16 AM IST
  • In a two-hour tell-all interview by Oprah Winfrey, the legendary talk show host, the former royal couple painted a deeply unflattering picture of life inside the royal household.
Close
Sahouri was among more than 125 reporters detained or arrested during the civil unrest that unfolded across the U.S. in 2020.(via AP)
Sahouri was among more than 125 reporters detained or arrested during the civil unrest that unfolded across the U.S. in 2020.(via AP)

US journalist arrested while covering protest goes on trial

Posted by Harshit Sabarwal | AP
PUBLISHED ON MAR 08, 2021 11:05 PM IST
Des Moines Register news reporter Andrea Sahouri, who was pepper-sprayed and jailed while reporting on a clash between protesters and police in May, is charged with failure to disperse and interference with official acts.
Close
Britain is leading Europe with its vaccination program and aims to offer a jab to all adults by the end of July.(AP)
Britain is leading Europe with its vaccination program and aims to offer a jab to all adults by the end of July.(AP)

UK Covid-19 deaths continue to fall as over one-third population inoculated

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON MAR 08, 2021 11:00 PM IST
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the milestone at a news conference on Monday, the same day the government took its first major step in easing lockdown restrictions by re-opening schools.
Close
Weekly infection numbers rose by a third to more than 123,000 cases between February 24 and March 2, according to the GIMBE health think tank, the highest since early December.(via Reuters)
Weekly infection numbers rose by a third to more than 123,000 cases between February 24 and March 2, according to the GIMBE health think tank, the highest since early December.(via Reuters)

Italy's Covid-19 death toll tops 100,000

Posted by Harshit Sabarwal | AFP
PUBLISHED ON MAR 08, 2021 11:00 PM IST
Just over a year since it became the first European country to be overwhelmed by Covid-19, Italy's health ministry recorded another 318 virus-related deaths, taking the total to 100,103.
Close
US President Joe Biden (FILE PHOTO)
US President Joe Biden (FILE PHOTO)

On Women's Day, Joe Biden creates gender policy council within White House

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON MAR 08, 2021 10:59 PM IST
US President Joe Biden created the policy council as part of two executive orders he signed on Monday to mark International Women’s Day.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP