San Francisco Has a Reminder of Greta Thunberg

Nonprofit unveils mural just before activist leaves for Europe
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 13, 2019 7:15 PM CST
In San Francisco, Greta Thunberg Is Watching You
Andres Petreselli paints a mural on the side of a building depicting Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg last Friday in San Francisco.   (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Greta Thunberg has left the US, but she hasn't left the building. In a mural 60 feet high and 30 feet wide on the side of the Native Sons Building near Union Square, the Swedish climate change activist now keeps an eye on San Francisco. The mural was unveiled Tuesday evening, Reuters reports, just after Thunberg announced she was leaving by boat Wednesday. She was in North America for three months, which included a speech to a UN climate summit. "We are really just hoping that it stops and makes them think, that this will amplify Greta’s message, that people will start to understand the clear call for action that she is sending out," said the head of the nonprofit that paid for the mural. The organization plans to honor other environmental activists in public art, per KTVU.

The mural is the work of Andres Petreselli, an Argentine street artist who signs his creations "Cobre." He usually stays away from politics; Petreselli also painted the city's Robin Williams mural, which no longer exists. "This girl Greta is awesome and she knows what she's doing," he said, per SFGate. "I hope with this mural people will realize we have to take care of the world." Thunberg has set sail for Europe on an Australian couple's boat, per the AP. (Thunberg made an impression this month in LA.)

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