One High-Profile Student Heads Back to School

Greta Thunberg is headed back to class after a year off, 'and it feels so great'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 25, 2020 6:21 AM CDT
Greta Heads Back to School
Climate activists Greta Thunberg wears a face mask as she arrives for a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020.   (Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP)

(Newser) – After a year off school to campaign on pressing for tougher action on curbing climate change, Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg says she's returning to class. "My gap year from school is over, and it feels so great to finally be back in school again!" the 17-year-old said Monday on Instagram next to a photo of herself with a schoolbag on her back and her hands resting on bicycle handles, per the AP. In Sweden, high school-level classes are returning to classes this week. It wasn't clear which school Thunberg—Time's youngest Person of the Year and a two-time nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize—was attending.

The teenager shot to fame after starting solo protests outside Sweden's parliament in Stockholm on Aug. 20, 2018. Students around the world soon began following her lead, staging regular large protests, and Thunberg was invited to speak to political and business leaders at UN conferences and the annual World Economic Forum in Davos. Last week, she and other young activists held talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel regarding the climate. But the coronavirus outbreak has prevented the Fridays for Future movement that Thunberg inspired from holding its mass rallies in recent months, dampening its public profile.

(Read more Greta Thunberg stories.)

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