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Greta Thunberg Family - All the Facts You Need to Know

Alizeh Published On Wed Feb 05 2020   Modified On Wed Feb 05 2020
Greta Thunberg Family - All the Facts You Need to Know

Greta Thunberg is one of the most influential personalities in the world currently. The 17-year-old's become the mononymous young face of the climate crisis, inspiring millions with her words and actions despite her tender age. Earlier this month, she was named Time magazine's person of the year.

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Who are Greta Thunberg's parents? 
Source: Wikipedia

Millions of people have been inspired to join the 17-year-old in raising awareness of environmental issues. For a little girl to have such an impeccable vision, which is for the betterment of the world is something, it shows how well she was raised by her family.

Let's look into things about her family that you might not know.

What Does Greta Thunberg's Family Do?

Greta's mum Malena Ernman is an opera singer, she's also an actress. Specifically, she's a mezzo-soprano, though she has also dabbled in other genres of music, including jazz and cabaret. And her father, Svante Thunberg, is an actor, author, and producer.

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Greta with her Father Svante Thunberg 
Source: BBC.com

In addition to her opera career, Malena wrote a book about her family, which in English translates to Scenes From the Heart. In the book, Malena notes her daughters' upbringing as well as their struggles.

Thunberg's Grandfather Is Olof Thunberg, a Swedish Actor & Director

The theatrical genes in the Thunberg family go far past Thunberg's parents and sister. Her paternal grandfather Olof Thunberg is a famous Swedish actor and director.

Internet Trolls

Because Greta's parents are into theater and the showbiz, many people on the internet have trolled them. Since Greta's getting so much attention, many right-wing outlets and individuals have criticized Thunberg's parents for her role as a climate activist, with many even accusing them of behaving as stage parents.

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Thunberg family.
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Neither Thunberg nor her parents have addressed those comments, though many on Twitter are speaking up in defense of the Thunbergs.

Greta's Family was Against Environmental Activism

Millions of people have been inspired to join the 16-year-old in raising awareness of environmental issues. But Svante Thunberg told the BBC he was "not supportive" of his daughter skipping school for the climate strike.

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Greta Protesting for Climate Change
Source: Bbc.com

Mr. Thunberg said Greta was much happier since becoming an activist - but that he worries about the "hate" she faces.

Greta's Parents Made Changes for their Daughter

The parents of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg made changes in their lives to "save" their daughter, not the world. 

To help her recover, he and his wife – Swedish opera singer Malena Ernman – made significant changes in their lives to become more environmentally friendly.

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Svante Thunberg went vegan, and Ernman stopped flying, which "changed her whole career," he said.

Greta Thunberg 'Person of the Year'
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"To be honest, she didn't do it save the climate. She did it to save her child because she saw how much it meant to her, and then, when she did that, she saw how much she grew from that, how much energy she got from it," Thunberg said.

Thunberg's Sister, Beata, Has Their Mother's Singing

Beata Ernman Thunberg is Thunberg's sister and only sibling. She is 13 years old, three years younger than Thunberg. Beata has a significant following on Instagram, with over 11,000 followers; for what it's worth, Thunberg has 4.3 million followers on Instagram.

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Greta's sister Beata Ernman Thunberg
Source: Heavy.com

Beata goes by "Bea," per her Instagram bio. In addition to singing, she frequently performs in front of audiences, and often choreographs her performances as well.

The Feud Between Greta's Mother and the Green PR Man who She Accuses of Exploiting Her

PR consultant Ingmar Rentzhog's We Don't Have Time climate change PR agency used Miss Thunberg's image to gain funds for his firm, according to Climate Change Dispatch. 

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Greta with mother Malena Ernman
Source: Insider

But the publication said the teenager's family deny being aware that she would be used in this way, and have since cut ties with Mr. Rentzhog's organization. 

Miss Thunberg said: 'I was briefly a youth adviser for the board of the non-profit foundation. We Don't Have Time.' 

Young Greta's family is as exceptional as she is. Thunberg is known for her blunt, matter-of-fact speaking manner, both in public and to political leaders and assemblies, in which she urges immediate action to address what she describes as the climate crisis. 

She's been an inspiring personality for a lot of people around the world to maintain a more sustainable environment and save the planet. 

Watch: Greta Thunberg's UN Speech 

The 17-year-old, who's worth an estimated $1 million, is encouraging world leaders to pay attention to the significant problem of today, which is the environmental crisis.

We as creature of this planet must be thinking about the things Greta's going about as we are slowly killing the earth for our own ever-growing needs.

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