Greta gets her own stamps!
Not many would get to celebrate their 18th birthday the way Greta Thunberg is doing. The climate activist, who turned 18th on January 3, was honoured with her own set of stamps in her country. She has been featured in the Swedish postage stamp, in recognition of her work to “preserve Sweden’s unique nature for future generations”.
Thunberg is pictured standing on a rocky cliff top wearing a yellow raincoat, with swifts flying around her, as part of a set by the artist and illustrator Henning Trollbäck titled Valuable Nature.
The series features some of the 16 environmental quality goals recently drawn up by the Swedish government, including habitats designated as important to protect.
Other stamps in the set, intended for domestic letters, feature high mountains and their flora, a forest, an agricultural landscape and a uniquely biodiverse bog. This year’s European stamps include a picture of the endangered green spotted toad.
Previous stamp series in Sweden have portrayed Astrid Lindgren, the children’s author who created Pippi Longstocking, the footballer Zlatan Ibrahimović and the late DJ and producer Avicii.
Greta has been the face of a youth campaign against climate change after she held a ‘solo school strike’ outside the Swedish parliament back in 2018.
Did you know?
Greta has been nominated for a Nobel peace prize and was TIME magazine’s 2019 person of the year.