Greta Thunberg: From solitary climate activist to global movement leader

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Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres shakes hands with Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg at the Youth Climate Summit at United Nations Headquarters in the Manhattan borough of New York, US, 21 September 2019. Photo: ReutersOver the past year, Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg, 16, has risen from a solitary protester to a leading figure in an international fight against climate change.

Here is a timeline on how the "Fridays for Future" movement of weekly school strikes turned global:

20 August 2018: Swedish student Thunberg, then aged 15, skips school to protest outside parliament for more action against climate change.

26 August 2018: She is joined by fellow students, teachers and parents at another protest and begins attracting media attention for her climate campaign.

September 2018: Thunberg begins a regular 'strike' from classes every Friday to protest climate issues. She invites other students to join her weekly "Fridays for Future" campaign by staging walkouts at their own schools.

November 2018: More than 17,000 students in 24 countries take part in Friday school strikes. Thunberg begins speaking at high-profile events across Europe, including United Nations climate talks in Poland.

February 2019: Protests directly inspired by Thunberg take place across more than 30 countries, from Sweden to Brazil, India and the United States.

March 2019: Thunberg is nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. The number of students taking part in school strikes hits more than 2 million people across 135 countries.

May 2019: Thunberg is named one of the world's most influential people by Time magazine, appearing on its cover. "Now I am speaking to the whole world," she wrote on Twitter.

July 2019: Conservative and far-right lawmakers urge a boycott of Thunberg's appearance in French parliament, mocking her as a "guru of the apocalypse" and a "Nobel prize of fear."

1 August 2019: Thunberg hits back at "hate and conspiracy campaigns" after she was described as a "deeply disturbed messiah" leading a "cult" in an opinion column by conservative Australian commentator Andrew Bolt.

5 August 2019: Some 450 young "Fridays for Future" climate activists from 37 European countries gather for a summit in Lausanne, Switzerland to discuss the movement's development and work on international cooperation.

14 August 2019: Thunberg sets sail from Britain for the United States to take part in a United Nations climate summit. Meanwhile, the total number of climate strikers reaches 3.6 million people across 169 countries.

28 August 2019: Thunberg arrives at New York Harbor in a zero-carbon emissions vessel, completing a near-140 day journey from England to take part in a UN climate summit.

13 September 2019: Thunberg takes her mission to US president Donald Trump's doorstep with a protest outside the White House.

13 September 2019: Youth climate activists are poised to join Thunberg in protest on the steps of the Supreme Court to urge political leaders and lawmakers to support their fight and act to phase out fossil fuels.

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