(LONDON) — Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg met on Tuesday one of the very few people in the world who knows what it’s like to be the face of a movement in your teens.The Swedish 17-year-old met 22-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, who became an activist for girls’ education after being shot in the head by the Taliban on her way home from school nearly eight years ago.”So… today I met my role model. What else can I say?,” Thunberg wrote on Twitter alongside two photos of the pair together.
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) February 25, 2020
Yousafzai, a native of Pakistan, also shared a photo with Thunberg on Twitter, writing, “She’s the only friend I’d skip school for.”
She’s the only friend I’d skip school for. pic.twitter.com/uP0vwF2U3K
— Malala (@Malala) February 25, 2020
Yousafzai is currently studying at Oxford University in England, where she and Thunberg met on Tuesday, according to the BBC.Thunberg is one of the main forces behind Fridays for Future, an ongoing school strike to bring attention to climate issues. She is in the U.K. to attend a school strike this Friday.The teen, named Time magazine’s 2019 Person of the Year in December, also spearheaded last year’s Global Climate Strike, during which thousands of young activists protested in strikes around the world. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.