Greta Thunberg is a climate change activist and active protester who is originally from Sweden. Greta Thunberg gained popularity after staging a protest in 2018 which took place outside of Swedish Parliament to oppose inaction against climate change. This particular strike, known as “Skolstrejk för klimatet“, or School Strike for Climate Change”, is probably Thunberg’s most notable contribution to the climate change movement. However, Thunberg is also known for speech in front of the United Nations at a climate crisis summit. As she continues to speak out and protest, her image and the climate change cause have only continued to gain international attention.

Greta Thunberg’s Video Partnered with Mercy for Animals

In the video, released on International Biodiversity Day, Thunberg begins by saying that “our relationship with nature is broken. But relationships can change”. This is a stirring analogy, and it highlights the fact that humanity does more than rely on nature for survival, we commodify and abuse it. The affair between humanity and nature is defined by unbridled human commodification and exploitation of animals and natural resources.

Thunberg Sites Disease Outbreak (and COVID19)

Until now, Greta Thunberg has primarily made policy-makers the targets of her activism. She has demanded that governments and politicians take climate change action and devise relevant policy changes in order to mitigate adverse environmental impacts. That said, recognizing agriculture and health pandemics as facets of climate change is a new approach for the young Swedish activist.

Thunberg says in the short film that up to “75% of new diseases comes from other animals- because of the way we farm and treat nature”. Redesigning agriculture practices can potentially counteract carbon emissions, according to Thunberg’s terse Twitter post.

Thunberg on Biodiversity and Food Production

“If we keep making food the way we do, we will also destroy the habitats of most wild plants and animals, driving countless species to extinction. . . if we lose them, we will be lost too”, says Greta Thunberg. The plants and animals of Earth make up a labyrinth of ecosystems which human beings depend on for food, and fuel and textiles. Variety among organisms and ecosystems determine what human beings are ultimately able to eat, harvest, burn for energy and wear.

The rate at which humans are clear forests threatens the variety of organisms that are able to inhabit the ecosystem and survive. Losses of (plant and animal) life, in the form of mass extinctions, poses a threat to food and medicine security. Smaller nations that depend on natural resources as their for trade, as is the case with Kenya and its Black Tea crop, may face economic turmoil if climate change continues to decrease their crops. Our diets, according to Thunberg, are an expression of the way that humans treat nature; and plant based diets save water, reduce energy consumption, limit deforestation and increase the amount of farm space for human-consumable foods.

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