Greta Thunberg, a teenage climate activist, observes pedestrians in the heart of San Francisco, where an artist paints a mural painting of the Nobel Peace Prize nominee.
- The artist who paints the giant mural does it for free
- It will be part of a series of commissioned works of art to pay tribute to climate change activists
- Ms. Thunberg is currently traveling to North America to raise awareness of climate change.
Argentinean muralist Andres Iglesias, who signs his art with the pseudonym Cobre, is expected to complete the work of the 16-year-old Swedish artist on the town square, Union Square, next week.
Cobre told the SFGate information site that he was giving his time to complete the work and that he hoped the mural would help people understand "we have to take care of the world".
Cobre said he was looking for a building for a new mural when One Atmosphere, a nonprofit organization responsible for the environment, approached him about the project.
Executive Director Paul Scott said that he thought Cobre was the ideal choice to create the first of what the organization hopes to be a series of works paying tribute to climate change activists.
Mrs. Thunberg herself had spent the day at a climate change gathering in Charlotte, North Carolina, and had arrested a demerit who was trying to disrupt her speech.
"I think if you want to talk to me personally, maybe you can do it later," Thunberg said before the crowd burst out chanting her name.
The 16-year-old, who traveled to North America to raise awareness of climate change, was imploring other youth leaders to speak up in the fight against global warming when she did a break while a person close to the scene was trying to express himself about it.
"In such circumstances, it can be difficult to find hope, I can tell you," Thunberg said.
"And I can tell you that I have not found much hope in politicians and businesses, and now people are our greatest source of hope.
"Even though we young people may not be able to vote or make decisions today, we have something so powerful," she said. "And these are our voices, and we must use them."
As in her previous speeches, Thunberg reprimanded adults for their inaction in the fight against climate change.
"We are the young people who are the future," she continued.
"We do not have enough time to wait for us to grow up and become leaders because we have to deal with the climate and ecological emergency right now.
"If adults and people in power are too immature to report, then we need to let them know."
Government and politics,
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