Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg met Malala Yousafzai on Tuesday during her recent visit to the UK, where she is set to join school strikes in Bristol.
Climate activist Greta Thunberg finally got the opportunity to meet the human rights campaigner Malala Yousafzai on Tuesday. Both inspiring women took to social media and shared photos of their meeting at Oxford University, where the 22-year-old Pakistani activist is a senior, reports CNN. Unsurprisingly, they developed a friendship very quickly and the admiration they had for each other was mutual. So ... today I met my role model. What else can I say? wrote Thunberg in a tweet noting her recent trip to the UK where she is set to join school strikes in Bristol.
Miss Yousafzai, who is currently completing her undergraduate in politics, philosophy, and economics, shared an enthusiasm similar to the 17-year-old. She posted a picture of the two on Instagram with a simple caption: Thank you @gretathunberg. Taking to Twitter, the Nobel Peace Price laureate wrote: She's the only friend I'd skip school for. The conversation that ensued between the two remains unknown but the principal of Lady Margaret Hall, Alan Rusbridger, said that Thunberg spoke to the students about "science, voting, the limits of protest, divestment, real zero v net zero, and much more," during her visit, report BBC News.
Several people replied to this powerful post and declared them "legends," according to the outlet. Ida Skibenes expressed: Thanks for being the sheroes we need and for giving us hope. Then there was Jennifer Cassidy, a lecturer in politics at the University of Oxford, who shared: Reason unlimited why I love this place. I walk out my door, up one street and see @Malala and @GretaThunberg talking outside. Two powerful young women standing for justice, truth and equality for all. So many, are so grateful, for all that you do. Keep shining bright.
Even Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan noted: What a photo... the two most influential young women of my lifetime meet in Oxford. More power to their formidable courageous elbows. @GretaThunberg @Malala. However, there were some who regarded the pair overrated like Luis Hurley, a Twitter user, who wrote: One risked her life to go to school, the other plays truant. AStVitusDance agreed to this point and said: Most excellent point Almost killed to get her education denied to many in her country of birth ..the other doesn't have an education with support of her hard sell parents. Movie soon ....
Talk about a power couple. Watch the old, white, evangelical men freak out.— rick loewen (@rickloewen) February 25, 2020
The fact that both got along pretty well didn't come as a surprise the two young women became prominent activists in their youth. Additionally, they have spoken at the United Nations and have been nominated for the Nobel Peace. While Yousafzai was honored with the prestigious award in 2014 for advocating girl's education when she was just 17, Thunberg is currently nominated for the efforts to save the environment, reports Huffington Post. At the tender age of 11, Yousafzai began maintaining an anonymous persona and exposing the details about life under the extremists. According to BBC News, she was shot in the head by a Taliban fighter in 2012 while returning home from school.
Girl power. The only people the US can come up with for President are rich, old, white men.— Shinedown fan (@Peggysfirst) February 25, 2020
Her family relocated to Birmingham after the young girl recovered from her near-fatal injuries and she went on to become a global voice for education rights. Soon she became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. During a recent interview with Teen Vogue, Yousafzai praised Thunberg and Emma González (a gun violence survivor and founder of the March For Our Lives movement) for continuing her legacy of activism. "Sometimes in rooms with decision-makers, they don't have any young people at the table; they don't even have women, let alone young people. So just to have the voices of young people present there, just to have women being present at those tables, I think it's a huge difference," she told the magazine.
"We have seen huge progress over the last few years, and now to see that young girls like Emma [González] and Greta are coming forward and they're talking about climate change, they are talking about gun violence, and they're talking about these different issues that are impacting all of us and especially what's going to affect the future generations," she added.