The Swedish teenager who has challenged the status quo over the last year by an eco-activism movement at just 15, has been honored by a large-scale artist in Bristol, UK. Aerosol artist Jody Thomas has painted a 15-meter-high tribute to the young campaigner, to immortalize her influential contributions to the environmental movement.
Much like the Banksy wall that appeared mysteriously London, Jody Thomas' artwork invites a similarly emotive response, this time on a larger scale. The powerful piece of art features Greta, now 16, mostly submerged in ice cold water, surrounded by melting ice caps and a stormy sky. Thomas worked tirelessly for over two weeks to create the mural, which forms part of Europe's largest street art festival, Upfest. His Instagram post below shows the process from start to finish.
Why is Greta Thunberg such an inspiration?
This astonishing Swedish schoolgirl has been discussed on the world. Her initiation of a mass-movement school strike in November 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24) in December, unafraid to incite panic in politicians.
"I want you to act as if the house was on fire".
It's no surprise that she hails from Sweden, the Scandinavian country that has already pledged to be carbon neutral by 2045 in what some are calling 'the most ambitious climate law in the world.'
An estimated 1.4 million students in 112 countries around the world have been working on a strike, sparking a mass school walk-out on 24 May 2019, part of her #FridaysForFuture movement. The teenager has since been nominated for a Nobel prize by the members of the Norwegian Parliament. Greta Thunberg can teach us about climate change; she is a palpably passionate orator who is fiercely determined to effect change.
Artist Jody Thomas commented that this was the "biggest wall I've had to date, the feedback and the comments.
He described the teenager to the Huffington Post in the words,
"She's very much in the limelight, very current, very contemporary and she's obviously clearly leading to a very, very important issue which affects all of us on the planet. She has a very strong fearless style, and it's exactly how it's done.