Greta Thunberg ‘not telling anyone what to do’ as she turns 18

Swedish environmentalist Greta Thunberg has turned 18 (Picture: AFP)Greta Thunberg says she has stopped buying new clothes and holds no grudges against people who fly or decide to have children.

The Swedish activist travels overseas by boat but said she is not fussed about celebrities who signal environmental awareness yet fly around the world adding to carbon emissions.

In an interview marking her 18th birthday, she told the Sunday Times: ‘I don’t care. I’m not telling anyone else what to do.

‘But there is a risk when you are vocal about these things and don’t practise as you preach, then you will be criticised and what you are saying won’t be taken seriously.’

Greta Thunberg says she holds no grudges against people who fly (Picture: PA)When asked about campaigners who say having children is irresponsible at a time when the planet is under pressure, Ms Thunberg said she did not consider it selfish to have children, adding it was ‘not the people who are the problem, it is our behaviour’.

She said her ideal birthday present would be for people to do more to help the planet, although some new headlights for her bicycle would be welcome.

But unlike many teenagers, the desire for new clothes is not on her list, due to the environmental impact of clothing production.

‘I don’t need new clothes,’ she says. ‘I know people who have clothes, so I would ask them if I could borrow them or if they have something they don’t need any more.

‘The worst-case scenario, I guess I’ll buy second-hand.’

Ms Thunberg also admitted to guilt over the pressures brought on her family, including death threats, during her three years in the public eye.

She did not care what people said about her online, but ‘when it impacts the people around you then it becomes something else’.

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