<How did Greta Thunberg, the 17-year-old climate-crisis activist, become who she is? I Am Greta, a new Hulu documentary directed by Nathan Grossman, attempts to answer that question. In a new trailer released Thursday, I Am Greta traces the young activist’s journey from shy kid in Sweden to global icon for climate action.
>“When it came to the climate crisis, I thought my parents were just like everyone else. We weren’t doing enough,” Thunberg says in the film. Her path toward activism began when she went on strike from school, a protest that quickly caught fire and inspired similar school strikes around the world. “For many years, people refused to listen to me. Children were very mean. But I don’t care about being popular. I care about climate justice.”
“She felt she had to do something, and she had to do it on her own,” her father, Svante Thunberg, adds.
<I Am Greta digs into Thunberg’s ascent to the public sphere, showing how she reckons with her newfound prominence and the particular challenges it poses. She speaks candidly about living with Asperger’s, at one point correcting someone who says she “suffers from” the syndrome. “I wouldn’t say ‘suffer from,’ but I have it,” says Thunberg. She’s been an outspoken activist for people with the condition, calling it her superpower.
>I Am Greta also shows Thunberg crossing paths with politicians, shaking hands with high-profile figures like Arnold Schwarzenegger and French president Emmanuel Macron.
“You read a lot on climate?” Macron asks her in one scene. “A lot,” Thunberg responds. “I’m a nerd.”
<Though the trailer doesn’t dive into Thunberg’s surreal Twitter feud with Donald Trump, it does include a brief, maddening audio snippet of the president calling the climate crisis a hoax. But Thunberg is clear-eyed about the hypocrisy of other politicians who applaud her but fail to take serious action when it comes to climate legislation. “People always tell us that young people are going to save the world, but there’s simply not enough time to wait,” she urges. Post too long. Click here to view the full text.