Activist Greta Thunberg To Feature On Swedish Postal Stamps

Swedish teen environmental activist Greta Thunberg appeared on a postage stamp issued in her native Sweden on Thursday and is part of a series focused on the environment.

Vaishnavi Navalkar

January 15, 2021

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Young climate & environment activist Greta Thunberg will soon be featuring on Swedish postal stamps. This decision was taken in honour of her work in conserving Sweden’s unique natural resources. The 18-year-old activist featured on the stamp, standing on a cliff in her trademark yellow raincoat with her braid blowing in the wind. The stamp is a part of a five-stamp series themed, ‘Valuable Nature’.

The stamps will be available from January 14, 2021, and will cost 12 kronor ($1.40) each, illustrated by Swedish artist Henning Trollback. PostNord’s Kristina Olofsdotter said, “We’re pleased that Greta, among several illustrations of important nature, will be symbolised on our stamps. These natural places are very important and we all need to do our part to preserve them.” The other stamps in the set of five are intended for domestic letters. They will feature high mountains and their flora, a forest, an agricultural landscape and uniquely biodiverse bog.

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The stamp series will also feature some of the 16 environmental quality goals recently drawn up by the Swedish government. It includes habitats designated as important to protect national postal service, PostNord said in a statement.  Greta Thunberg rose to fame in the year 2018 after she began skipping school to protest outside the Swedish parliament in Stockholm, demanding her government to take action on climate change.

Several students from all over the country followed suit and joined her to protest with her outside the parliament. In 2019, Greta Thunberg took a year out from school to cross the globe by car, train and boat – but not plane – to demand action on climate change, a trip that involved a brush with US President Donald Trump and a speech at the United Nations climate summit.

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