It’s been another busy week for 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg, as she joined thousands of climate marchers in Vancouver on Friday. After spending several weeks striking with Canadians all over the country, Thunberg has finally met Severn Cullis-Suzuki, one of Canada’s leading environmental activists, and the Greta Thunberg and Severn Cullis-Suzuki selfie is being called “iconic.”
On Friday afternoon, another massive climate strike took over the streets of Vancouver, led by climate activist and face of the school strike movement, 16-year-old Greta Thunberg. After delivering a powerful speech condemning the world’s political leaders, Thunberg was joined by B.C. climate activist, Severn Cullis-Suzuki, who is probably one of the few people who can truly relate to Thunberg’s unbelievable rise to global prominence.
More than two decades ago, then-12-year-old Cullis-Suzuki stood in front of the world’s politicians, and asked them to take stronger action to prevent species extinction and global warming. Like Thunberg, her 1992 speech at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro captured the attention of millions, and she became known as “the girl who silenced the world for five minutes.”
27 years later, Thunberg and now-39-year-old Cullis-Suzuki joined one another in Vancouver, continuing to protest the government’s inaction to prevent the climate crisis. While the world’s politicians didn’t act on Cullis-Suzuki’s words, Canadians have proved that they haven’t forgotten the climate crisis superstar, and the Cullis-Suzuki/Thunberg selfie is getting all the love on the internet.
Taking to Instagram to share a photo of the two climate crisis champions, Thunberg wrote, “School strike week 62 Vancouver, BC. With Severn Cullis-Suzuki! Police say 15,000 people.” Cullis-Suzuki reposted the same photo to her own Instagram account, and it received a lot of love from people across the globe.
Responding to Thunberg’s post on Instagram, Canadian National Geographic photographer, Paul Nicklen wrote, “Two icons!!!”
Another Instagram user shared a similar comment on Thunberg’s photo, writing, “This. Picture. Is. Iconic.”
After Thunberg reposted the same photo to her Twitter account, one person responded to say, “Wonderful To See You With Severn There Greta...! Two Inspirational Leaders.....Sending You Continued Support Over From The UK…”
A second shared a similar comment, adding, “She started out like you, Greta!! Power to the people!! Thank the both of you for fighting for the health and well-being of this planet!”
A third added, “What a duo of champions!"
@GretaThunberg Wonderfull To See You With Severn Their Greta...! 👋💚💚🌎 Two Inspirational Leaders.....💚 Sending You C… https://t.co/nhv3WWeQv8— Robert Redmayne Hosking (@Robert Redmayne Hosking) 1572073798.0
@GretaThunberg She started out like you, Greta!! Power to the people!! Thank the both of you for fighting for the… https://t.co/0FsHSZT5eI— Margarita (@Margarita) 1572050202.0
@GretaThunberg What a duo of champions!— Carlos (@Carlos) 1572042211.0
@GretaThunberg Nice to see you two togeather. I elaborate about your UN speeches and world response in lectures abo… https://t.co/aIUkZ2HHkr— Martin Hedberg (@Martin Hedberg) 1572086981.0
@GretaThunberg Like you, the Suzukis are legends!! Thank you!!— KimberleySkye🇨🇦 (@KimberleySkye🇨🇦) 1572048119.0
Speaking earlier this year, Cullis-Suzuki said, “We don’t know the future. We can’t write it off because we don’t know what is going to happen. Two years ago, nobody knew who Greta Thunberg was, so who knew that she would emerge and trigger a worldwide movement."
Cullis-Suzuki concluded, "She has already changed the game.”