The Greta Effect

February 27, 2020
Via Anders Hellberg of Effekt magazine

You may have heard about the “domino effect” or the “greenhouse effect,” but have you ever heard of the “Greta Effect”? If you haven’t, don’t worry. The Greta Effect was recently coined by researchers who found that young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg’s actions have led to greater activism among young people. More activism? We’d say so! Since Thunberg began her personal protest of the Swedish government back in 2018 for their lack of accountability in trying to save the planet, millions of people have joined her cause around the world—especially young people! It’s no wonder that this increase in youth activism was named after her. Can you imagine such a positive and powerful effect being named after you? How awesome would that be, right?

Junior Reporter Galicia L. participating in the Global Climate Strike
Photo Credit: Galicia L.

While it remains to be seen if the Greta Effect actually translates to governments taking action, it’s still incredible how one girl’s relentless passion to save planet Earth has inspired so many others to do the same. Not only have young people around the world taken action to make their governments sit up and listen, but they’ve also taken on leadership roles in helping others do the same.

Where have you noticed the Greta Effect?