Greta has a lot more to talk about apart from the weather

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Greta has a lot more to talk about apart from the weather

Climate change activist Greta Thunberg also challenges us to confront stigmas about autism spectrum disorder

Melody Emmett

Greta Thunberg has shaken the world over the past month, not only with her courageous climate change activism but because she’s put the spotlight on global prejudice towards people with mental health conditions.

“She challenges us to see that despite her condition she still has an opportunity to make a difference and to find meaning in life,” says logotherapist Dr Alphonse Kanda. “She’s saying: ‘Here I am, I have this condition, yes, but I have something to do and I’m doing it.’ She’s disrupting the social order.”

Thurnberg doesn’t fit the glamorous, made-up model the western world expects of girls her age. She communicates in the way she knows how to...

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