GRETA Thunberg has gained international recognition for her climate change activism.
The 18-year-old has become a global figure – but who are her parents and what is their net worth?
Who are Greta Thunberg’s parents?
While Greta Thunberg has become a global figure, spearheading the campaign on climate change, her parents have not embraced the limelight.
Greta’s mum is opera singer Malena Ernman and her father is actor Svante Thunberg.
The couple had Greta on January 3, 2003, in Stockholm.
They have a second daughter, Beata, who is a 16-year-old singer.
Greta’s family’s life is recounted in the book Scenes From The Heart, published in August 2018, which was largely written by her mother.
It details her life with her husband Svante and her two daughters Greta and Beata.
Both parents are committed to the environmental cause and the book also talks about the environmental crisis and sustainability.
Malena is an opera singer who also represented Sweden at the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest.
She was born on November 4, 1970.
In the book she describes Greta’s Asperger’s syndrome – and Beata’s attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – as not being a “handicap” but a “superpower”.
She studied at the Royal College of Music in Stockhom and the Music
She has taken on a number of operatic roles over her career often to critical acclaim.
Ernman made her debut at the Salzburg festival in 2006 as Annio in La ciemenza di Tito which was conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
When she represented Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest she sang La Voix, written by Fredrik Kempe.
She finished 21st picking up 33 points.
Svante has a far less public profile but has been noted for his role in the TV series Skargardsdoktorn which ran from 1997 to 2000.
He is also an author and producer as well as his wife’s manager.
What is Greta’s parent’s net worth?
Greta’s parent’s net worth is currently unknown, however, it is thought Svante and Melena are well off, given their careers.
Unlike Hollywood actors whose work in blockbuster movies allow for estimates of earnings, the Thunberg’s are very different.
There are no public records of their earnings or estimated net worth.
What have Greta parents said about climate change?
Malena has also been politically active and has supported the Paris Agreement on climate change.
In 2016 she received the Martin Luther King Prize which is awarded to people working for peace, non-violence, freedom, justice, equality and solidarity.
She was named by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) as Sweden’s Environmental Hero of the Year in 2017, an award she shared with biologist Rebecka le Moine.
In responding to the recognition, Malena said: “It is a tremendous honour to be named the Environmental Hero of the Year.
“My small role in the environmental movement is as a public person trying to lend my voice to those who are not heard in the media noise. No other issue is more important or more difficult to spread.”
Greta’s parents, along with Beata have written a book Our House is on Fire: Scenes of a Family And A Planet In Crisis, which is due to be published in March 2020.
The summary on GoodReads says in part: “This is the story of a family led to confront a crisis they had never foreseen. Aged eleven, their eldest daughter has stopped eating and speaking.
“Alongside diagnoses of autism and selective mutism, her parents slowly become aware of another source for her distress: her imperiled future on a rapidly heating planet.
“Steered by her determination to understand the truth, the family begins to see the deep connections between their own and the planet’s suffering.
“Against forces that try to silence them, disparaging them for being different, they discover ways to strengthen, heal, and act in the world. And then one day, fifteen-year-old Greta decides to go on strike.”
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