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Signed, sealed, delivered: Sweden unveils Greta Thunberg stamp | Climate news

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Teenager and environmental activist Greta Thunberg will appear on a postage stamp in her native Sweden.

Swedish teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg will appear on a postage stamp to be issued in her native Sweden on Thursday and is part of a series dedicated to the environment.

The stamps “should reflect our times, where the environmental issue has been relevant and present for many years, not least thanks to the strong voice of Greta Thunberg,” Swedish postal company Postnord said in a statement.

One stamp – featuring Thunberg in his trademark yellow raincoat, standing on top of a hill and with his braid blowing in the wind – is one of a series of five stamps themed “Valuable Nature”. The stamps cost 12 crowns ($ 1.44) each, are available from January 14, and are illustrated by Swedish artist Henning Trollback.

Thunberg, who just turned 18, rose to prominence for the weekly solo protests outside the Swedish parliament in Stockholm that she began on August 20, 2018.

Students around the world quickly began to follow her lead, regularly hosting large protests and she was invited to speak to political and business leaders.

The coronavirus outbreak has prevented the Fridays for Future movement Thunberg inspired from holding its mass gatherings in recent months, reducing its public profile.

His candid remarks to presidents and prime ministers, peppered with scientific facts about the urgent need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, have won him praise and accolades, but also criticism and even death threats. .

The appearance on a stamp “means that a person is doing something extraordinary,” said Kristina Olofsdotter, general manager of stamps at the postal company.

Thunberg calls on lawmakers to stick to the landmark 2015 Paris climate agreement that calls on rich and poor countries to take action to curb rising global temperatures that are melting glaciers, raising the level of the sea ​​and changes precipitation patterns. It forces governments to present national plans to cut emissions to limit the rise in global temperature to well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit).


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