Over the weekend, the world’s actual hero Greta Thunberg turned 17. And what do you get someone who is our truest gift? Nothing less than a poem from Patti Smith.
Accompanying an image of the climate activist, Patti Smith included the beating words in her caption: “This is/Greta Thunberg, turning/seventeen today, asking/for no accolade, no gifts,/save we not be neutral./ The Earth knows its kind,/ just as all deities, just as/animals and the healing/spring. Happy birthday/to Greta, who stood today,/as every Friday, refusing/ to be neutral.”
In OG style, Greta spent her birthday protesting outside Swedish parliament, holding a ‘school strike for climate’ sign. According to her insta, the strike is in week 72. She also used the platform to draw much needed attention to Australia’s own climate hell — calling for political action to combat the bushfires.