‘I Am Greta’ Is A Documentary About Greta Thunberg’s Year Of Climate Activism

Need some climate activism inspo during this current COVID-19 crisis? Well, the first trailer to the documentary about Greta Thunberg’s year of climate activism, I Am Greta is here. 

I Am Greta follows the journey of Greta Thunberg, the iconic and inspiring teenage climate activist who inspired teens everywhere to go on a climate strike at school, before she travelled across the world by boat to speak at the United Nations last September (and be named Time’s People of the Year in 2019 in the process). The upcoming documentary follows her personal journey from everyday teen to activist heroine and her harrowing 15 day voyage by sea. 

But, I Am Greta also comes at an important time in the climate movement. With the world currently battling the COVID-19 pandemic, some climate experts worry that we’re losing traction on the climate crisis as others are urging Scott Morrison to incorporate a plan to act on climate change in the health crisis recovery plan. So, Greta, the poster child of climate activism, and her journey around the world could reignite conversations about the climate crisis and the need for a global switch to carbon-neutral clean energy. 

“Our mentality seems to be that we can only focus on one crisis at [a] time, but we need to get much better at not doing that, because every week and month, there are new pollutants getting out into the air and the carbon dioxide level is rising,” filmmaker Nathan Grossman told Variety at the virtual Venice Film Festival, addressing the need to continue to act on the climate crisis while dealing with a global health crisis. “We need to be able to juggle two crises at the same time, and if this movie can help people get in that mindset during this period, I think it’s really good.”

“It seems like we can only mentally focus on one crisis at a time, but I think when COVID-19 settles a little bit more, it’s going to be very interesting to see the reactions among young people to how the governments spent millions and millions on the COVID-19 crisis, but they said for a long, long time that, ‘Oh, [the environmental crisis] is very expensive and very complicated,'” he continued. “It will be interesting to see how young people and others react to that discrepancy in how you prioritise different kinds of crises as problems.”

“I hope anyone who watches the film can finally understand that we young people aren’t school striking just for fun,” added Thunberg in a statement about the movie, via JustJared. “We are protesting because we don’t have a choice.”

“A lot has of course happened since I started school striking, but sadly we are still stuck on square one. The changes and the level of awareness needed are nowhere to be seen today. All that we ask for is for our society to treat the climate crisis as a crisis, and give us a safe future.”

I Am Greta is expected to release in Australian theatres on the 16th of October. You can check out the first trailer to the documentary film below. 

Julian Rizzo-Smith is a writer and producer. He also claims to be a vine historian, avid connoisseur of low-fi beats, indie hip hop and Kermit memes. In a perfect world, he’d be married to Tyler the Creator, own an Arcanine and a Lapras, and don his own Sailor Scouts uniform. He tweets @GayWeebDisaster, which is also, coincidentally, how one might describe him.