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Qui est Greta Thunberg?

Here’s a quick reading comprehension for your students about young climate crisis activist Greta Thunberg.

 Greta Thunberg est née le 3 janvier 2003.  Sa mère est la chanteuse d'opéra suédoise Malena Ernman et son père est l'acteur Svante Thunberg, du nom de son lointain parent Svante Arrhenius. Son grand-père est acteur et directeur Olof Thunberg.

Lors d'une conférence TED en novembre 2018, Mme Thunberg a déclaré qu'elle avait entendu parler du changement climatique pour la première fois à l'âge de huit ans, mais qu'elle ne comprenait pas pourquoi si peu était fait à ce sujet. À l'âge de 11 ans, elle est devenue déprimée et a cessé de parler. Plus tard, on lui a diagnostiqué le syndrome d'Asperger, le trouble obsessionnel-compulsif (TOC) et le mutisme sélectif. Elle a dit que le mutisme sélectif signifiait qu'elle ne parlait que quand elle en avait besoin et que " maintenant, c’est un de ces moments " ; et qu'être sur le " spectre " était un avantage " puisque presque tout est noir ou blanc ".

Pour réduire l'empreinte carbone de sa famille, elle a insisté pour qu'ils deviennent végétaliens et abandonnent l'aviation, comme elle l'a fait elle-même. Ses parents n'aiment pas qu'elle prenne du temps en dehors des cours pour manifester, mais comprennent sa position : "Nous respectons le fait qu'elle veut prendre position. Elle peut soit rester assise à la maison et être vraiment malheureuse, soit protester et être heureuse."  Thunberg a été comparé à Jeanne d'Arc, guerrière médiévale française et au personnage de fiction suédois Pippi Longstocking.

1. What do Greta Thunberg’s parents do?
2. What does her grandfather do?
3. What happened when Greta was eight?
4. What didn’t she understand?
5. What happened when she was eleven?
6. What medical conditions was she diagnosed with?
7. Why did she think being “on the spectrum” was an advantage?
8. What did she get her parents to do?
9. What do her parents think about her activism?
10. Who has she been compared with? Why might this be?

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