Environmentalist Greta Thunberg Made Her Parents Feel Guilty For Eating Meat And Dairy

The 16-year-old climate change activist says she tried showing them graphs and data - but when that didn't work, she warned her family that they were 'stealing her future'
Greta Thunberg
Greta Thunberg wants politicians to take action against climate change (Photo: Instagram/Greta Thunberg)

Vegan climate activist Greta Thunberg has revealed that she convinced her parents to stop eating animals by 'making them feel guilty'.

Thunberg has made global headlines in recent months for encouraging students globally to attend demonstrations demanding political action on climate change while 'on strike' from school, and asking the pope to take action. In addition, she has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, as well as becoming the first recipient of the prestigious Prix Liberté.

Initially, Thunberg revealed in an interview, she focused her attentions at home - and managed to change her family's eating habits.

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Going vegan

In the interview, Thunberg is asked how she managed to get her parents to ditch meat, and what it took to convince them.

"Quite much, in the beginning, they were like everyone else," she says. "They were like, 'don't worry, someone will invent something in the future - people have this under control'.

"But the more I read about this, the more I realized we don't have this under control, so then I started to become worried, and I talked to my parents about it. I kept showing them articles and graphs...and they were like everyone else...they always had excuses.

"But then I made them feel so guilty...I kept telling them that they were stealing our future and they cannot stand up for human rights while living that lifestyle, so then they decided to make those changes. My dad is vegan, my mom, she tries - she's 90 percent vegan."

Thunberg's now famous COP24 speech

'Voice of a generation'

Thunberg was recently unveiled as the cover star of magazine i-D's Summer 2019 edition, called the Voice of a Generation Issue.

An i-D spokesperson told Plant Based News: "One girl's utter determination to try and stop the greatest threat humanity has ever faced has set off a global youth climate strike movement.

"16-year-old Greta Thunberg is the voice of a generation. Greta sat down with i-D's Clementine de Pressigny a week after the global youth strike on Friday March 15, which saw 1.4 million students from around the world ditch school for the day to demand that their future, and that of the planet, be protected."

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