Greta Thunberg now has her own postage stamp2 min readReading Time: 2 minutes
Greta Thunberg’s name will go down in history, and now, the Swedish government has found another way to keep her legacy alive. The teenage environment activist has been immortalised through special postage stamps as a way of recognising her work to preserve Sweden’s unique nature for future generations.
Thunberg, who turned 18 recently, is pictured standing on a rocky cliff top wearing a yellow raincoat, with swifts flying around her, as part of a set by the artist and illustrator Henning Trollbäck, titled ‘Valuable Nature’.
The series features some of the 16 environmental quality goals recently drawn up by the Swedish government, including habitats designated as important to protect, according to the national postal service, PostNord. The other stamps in the set depict mountains and their flora, a forest, an agricultural landscape and a uniquely biodiverse bog.
“We’re pleased that Greta, among several illustrations of important nature, will be symbolised on our stamps,” PostNord’s Kristina Olofsdotter was quoted as saying. “These natural places are very important and we all need to do our part to preserve them,” she added.
Owliver’s Obscure Facts: Previous stamp series in Sweden have portrayed Astrid Lindgren, the children’s author who created Pippi Longstocking, the footballer Zlatan Ibrahimović and the late DJ and producer Avicii.
Greta rose to global fame in 2018 after she began skipping school to protest outside the Swedish parliament in Stockholm, demanding that her government take action on climate change.
In 2019, she took a year out from school to cross the globe by car, train and boat – but not plane – to demand action on climate change, a trip that involved a brush with sitting US President Donald Trump and a speech at the United Nations climate summit.
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Sources: The Guardian, Indian Express