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Greta Thunberg not ruffled by pandemic’s effects on protest movement

UPDATED: Sat., June 20, 2020

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec 3, 2019 file photo Climate activist Greta Thunberg arrives in Lisbon aboard the sailboat 'La Vagabonde'. In a wide-ranging monologue on Swedish public radio, teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg recounts how world leaders queued up to have their picture taken with her even as they shied away from acknowledging the grim scientific fact that time is running out to curb global warming. (AP Photo/Pedro Rocha, file)  (Pedro Rocha)
FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec 3, 2019 file photo Climate activist Greta Thunberg arrives in Lisbon aboard the sailboat 'La Vagabonde'. In a wide-ranging monologue on Swedish public radio, teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg recounts how world leaders queued up to have their picture taken with her even as they shied away from acknowledging the grim scientific fact that time is running out to curb global warming. (AP Photo/Pedro Rocha, file) (Pedro Rocha)
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STOCKHOLM – Swedish activist Greta Thunberg said Saturday that she wasn’t too perturbed by the challenges the coronavirus pandemic has created for the climate change protests she began.

“A crisis is a crisis – and in a crisis, everyone needs to take a few steps back and act in the best interest of society and our fellow human beings,” the 17-year-old told a Swedish radio broadcaster.

People started acting as they should during the pandemic, she added.

Emergency summits were called, economic recovery packages were created, people changed their behavior, the media reported exclusively on the virus and politicians found consensus for the benefit of everyone, listed Thunberg on the Midsummer program.

Supporters of Thunberg’s Fridays for Future protest movement, which calls for action against climate change, have been unable to gather for months due to the pandemic and related measures to stop its spread.

Thunberg and supporters from around the world have been continuing to try to bring attention to the issue with online protests and small demonstrations, where allowed, and in accordance with safety measures.

Swedish radio broadcaster P1’s annual summer program is one of the most popular in the country, with celebrities filling the airwaves with their own contributions and music. Thunberg was this year’s first female speaker, and the youngest ever on the program.

The program was released Saturday ahead of its official airing.

Thunberg also discusses her trip to New York City, her months in the United States and her memorable address at the United Nations.

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