Environmental activist Greta Thunberg honored with postal stamp in Sweden

Greta Thunberg honored with stamp

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (KOLD News 13) - Swedish teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg will appear on a postal stamp in her native Sweden that is part of a series focusing on the environment.

Sweden’s postal company, PostNord, said the motives on the stamps “contribute to put the spotlight on the environmental issues.”

The one with Thunberg in her trademark yellow raincoat with her braid blowing in the wind and standing on top of a hill, is part of a five-stamp series themed ‘Valuable Nature’.

They cost $1.40 each, are available as of January 14, and are illustrated by Swedish artist Henning Trollback.

Thunberg who just turned 18, rose to prominence for weekly solo protests outside Sweden’s Parliament in Stockholm in August 2018.

Students around the world soon began following her lead, staging regular large protests, and she was invited to speak to political and business leaders.

The coronavirus outbreak has prevented the ‘Fridays for Future’ movement that Thunberg inspired from holding its mass rallies in recent months, lowering its public profile.

Kristina Olofsdotter, Managing Director of PostNord Stamps said appearing on a stamp shows that a person “is doing something extraordinary,” adding that thorough research goes into deciding who gets features on stamps.

Her blunt words to presidents and prime ministers, peppered with scientific facts about the need to urgently cut greenhouse gas emissions, have won her praise and awards, but also the occasional criticism and even death threats.

Thunberg demands that lawmakers stick to the 2015 landmark Paris climate deal that asks both rich and poor countries to take action to curb the rise in global temperatures that is melting glaciers, rising sea levels and shifting rainfall patterns.

It requires governments to present national plans to reduce emissions in order to limit global temperature rise to well below 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit.

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