If you follow the Terminator on Instagram, you’ll have seen his recent photos of him out for a leisurely cycle around Santa Monica accompanied by the one and only Greta Thunberg.
Just in case you have been living under a rock for the past several months, Thunberg is a 16-year-old known worldwide for her work as a climate activist. The Swedish teenager’s avid campaigning has received recognition globally, with the help of her enormous social media following. The incredible young woman even addressed the 2019 United Nations Climate Change Conference.
So, how did Thunberg and Schwarzenegger, two celebrities who are seemingly totally unrelated, become friends?
Thunberg recently opened the 2019 Austrian World Summit, held by the nonprofit organization R20 Regions of Climate Action, which just so happens to be Schwarzenegger’s organization, set up back in 2011. R20 is a coalition of governments, international organizations, and private companies backed by the United Nations working to implement greener infrastructure in cities around the world. Thunberg also just traveled across North America in the California governor’s own electric car!
Arnold wrote on his Instagram post: “It was fantastic to see my friend and one of my heroes @gretathunberg last week and go on a bike ride around Santa Monica together and I was so pumped to introduce her to my daughter Christina. Keep inspiring, Greta!”
The two friends in the fight against climate change sit together, as Schwarzenegger introduces Thunberg to his daughter Christina.
The meeting between Thunberg and Schwarzenegger came just one day after the climate activist met with Leonardo DiCaprio, who has voiced his own activism in regards to global warming. Although, Leo has received his fair share of criticism for his use of private jets despite his interest in fighting climate change.
Just like Arnold, Leo posted a photo of their meeting on Instagram, describing it was an “honor” to speak with her. He continued, saying he hopes Thunberg’s message is “a wake-up call to world leaders.” The teenager’s hard work, says Leo, makes him “optimistic about what the future holds.”
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There are few times in human history where voices are amplified at such pivotal moments and in such transformational ways – but @GretaThunberg has become a leader of our time. History will judge us for what we do today to help guarantee that future generations can enjoy the same livable planet that we have so clearly taken for granted. I hope that Greta’s message is a wake-up call to world leaders everywhere that the time for inaction is over. It is because of Greta, and young activists everywhere that I am optimistic about what the future holds. It was an honor to spend time with Greta. She and I have made a commitment to support one another, in hopes of securing a brighter future for our planet. #FridaysforFuture #ClimateStrike @fridaysforfuture
Before her meeting with Schwarzenegger, Thunberg met up with Leonardo DiCaprio, another fellow climate activist.
For Thunberg, the past year has been busy, to say the very least. She gained her initial notoriety by spending every Friday outside of Sweden’s parliament, holding a sign that read “School strike for climate.” She inspired students around the world to organize school walkouts as well as the “Fridays for Future” movement, putting pressure on local governments to initiate changes that better protect the climate.
Since then, the climate hero has traveled great distances, including sailing a zero-emission sailboat from the coast of England all the way to New York. As mentioned, she recently traveled by train and in Schwarzenegger’s Tesla across North America.
Greta Thunberg addressing the audience as she opens the 2019 Austrian World Summit. The Summit was held by the nonprofit organization R20 Regions of Climate Action, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s organization.
Poking fun at her extensive journey, Thunberg said of the upcoming UN Convention on Climate Change, “‘As #COP25 has officially been moved from Santiago to Madrid I’ll need some help,’ Thunberg tweeted from Los Angeles. ‘It turns out I’ve traveled halfway around the world, the wrong way:).”
Thunberg shows no signs of slowing down in her fight and continues to inspire people of all ages around the world.