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Five Incredibly Boss Moments From Climate Warrior Greta Thunberg

By now, you will know her name, after inspiring millions to hit the streets for climate action.

Greta Thunberg -- she's the Swedish teenager changing hearts and minds as she takes her climate message into houses of parliament and onto streets across the world.

In recent days, Thunberg watched on as millions of people, young and old, took part in 5,600 strikes for climate action across 161 countries. The School Strike 4 Climate was the world's largest climate mobilisation, with its fearless leader at the helm.

"Greta! Greta! Greta!" the crowd roared as she led protests in New York City.

In other towns and cities, protesters held up pictures of the 16-year-old who, despite seeing herself as a participant, and not a leader, has inspired a global movement of action on climate change.

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As the United Nations Climate Summit kicks off in New York, we've taken a look back at some of her recent inspiring moments.

A sea of Thunbergs in Melbourne. Photo: AAP
Thunberg  Refuses To Fly 

Thunberg exemplifies the saying 'practice what you preach'. She travelled halfway around the world to attend the UN climate summit -- and chose to do so on a zero-carbon-emissions sailboat.

Refusing to fly due to the carbon cost of plane travel, Thunberg instead jumped aboard an 18-metre racing yacht -- with no toilet, fixed shower or kitchen -- for 14 days.

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"This is not something I want everyone to do," she told reporters on her arrival.

"It is insane that a 16-year-old would have to cross the Atlantic Ocean to make a stand."

'Listen To The Scientists'

While in the U.S., Thunberg's refreshingly blunt style of civil disobedience has been on show.

Since skipping school to protest outside Swedish parliament last August, Thunberg has addressed her fair share of politicians, simply urging them to listen to the experts.

This week, the climate campaigner told a U.S. Congress hearing she had no planned speech other than to deliver a landmark report. The document, prepared by the Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC), warned of dire consequences if the atmosphere warmed to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels.

Photo: AAP

"I am submitting this report as my testimony because I don't want you to listen to me, I want you to listen to the scientists," Thunberg said.

"I want you to unite behind science. And then I want you to take real action. Thank you."

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She saved her speech for the following night.

“Wherever I go, I seem to be surrounded by fairy tales,” Thunberg said, ones where politicians spend “their time making up and telling bedside stories that soothe us and make us go back to sleep".

You can read Thunberg's full speech here.

Thunberg Meets Obama, Declines Meeting With Trump 

While in the US, Thunberg has had a busy schedule, testifying before Congress, protesting outside the Supreme Court and meeting former President Barack Obama.

But she isn't messing around, and made no plans to meet with President Donald Trump.

"I don't want to meet with people who don't accept the science," she said.

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That hasn't stopped her from addressing President Trump's administration, under which the country has been rolling back its climate and pollution standards.

“The U.S. is the biggest carbon polluter in history,” she said, in her aforementioned speech to Congress.

Greta Thunberg attends the joint House Foreign Affairs and House (Select) Climate Crisis committees hearing in Washington. Photo: AAP

“It is also the world’s number one producer of oil, and yet you are also the only nation in the world who has signalled with strong intention to leave the Paris agreement because ‘it was a bad deal for the US.’”

Her speech came after the Trump administration announced it would strip back California's ability to require strict vehicle emissions standards -- known to be a big contributor of the planet's warming.

'I See The World A Bit Different'

On occasions, Thunberg has spoken of being on the autism spectrum -- a diagnosis she considers a "superpower".

Forced to respond to critics, she said she had not been open about her diagnosis in order to "hide" behind it, but because she knew "many ignorant people still see it as an illness".

“When haters go after your looks and differences, it means they have nowhere left to go. And then you know you’re winning!” she wrote on Twitter.

Thunberg told one news outlet she "see[s] the world a bit different, from another perspective".

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'Change Is Coming'

Thunberg, and her activism, isn't going anywhere.

As crowds roared in New York City during the climate protest, she addressed the students.

“We will do everything in our power to stop this crisis from getting worse, even if it means skipping school or work, because this is more important,” Thunberg said.

“Why should we study for a future that is being taken away from us?”

She continued, saying change is coming.

“If you belong to that small group of people who feel threatened by us, we have some very bad news for you, because this is only the beginning,” Thunberg said.

“Change is coming whether they like it or not."