Greta Thunberg is becoming an icon in the fight against climate change. At the age of just 16, the activist has spearheaded a global school strike movement, been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and speaking to governments worldwide to tackle climate change. Her mother is a famous singer who represented Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest!
Greta’s mother is a Eurovision legend
Greta’s mum is Eurovision star Malena Ernman, who represented Sweden in 2009 with La voix, which mixed French lyrics with English. Despite the fact the song was one of the favourites, received only 33 points and ranked 21st in the Grand Final of the contest, which that year was held in Moscow.
Malena is also a climate activist, having actively supported the Paris agreement against climate change and because of her daughter that she is now a vegan and stop using air travel. The young activist even convinced her mother to give up her international opera career due to the environmental impact of aviation.
She even crossed the Atlantic with a sailboat
After a 14-day voyage, Greta finaly arrived in New York. The 16-year-old Swede sailed from Plymouth in the UK on a zero-emissions yacht in order to minimise the carbon footprint of her travel. More than 300 people expected her on the port.
On arrival in New York she had another message for Mr Trump: “My message for him is listen to the science and he obviously doesn’t do that.”
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) August 28, 2019
Will Malena submit a song in Melodifestivalen 2020?
A lot of people would love the idea to see Malena as a candidate in the upcoming Melodifestivalen, apparently with an eco-friendly song. The Eurovision scene would be the perfect opportunity for Greta and her mother to get their message across to millions of viewers. In addition, the Netherlands is close to Sweden and will not need to travel for days, as in the case of Greta’s recent trip to New York, or use a plane, something forbidden for Malena and her daughter.