Greta Thunberg mural being painted in San Francisco

Brunilde Fioravanti
Novembre 9, 2019

"The second step is to get angry and get active", she said of lobbying government, business and others in power to stop talking about climate change and actually do something about it.

The huge mural on the side of the Native Suns Building in Union Square, San Francisco is almost complete and will stare down at the people of San Francisco indefinitely.

"Greta is small, she is tiny but her voice is strong and she said ' you have stolen my childhood and then she said ' you are continuing with business as usual".

As Cobre tells KPIX, "What I want from people is to realize have to do something for the world".

Cobre said he was searching for a building for a new mural when environmental not for profit One Atmosphere approached him about the project.

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One Atmosphere is understood to be supplying all the paint and materials for the Thunberg project.

It's not the first time Thunberg has been immortalized in street art.

Earlier this year, British graffiti artist Jody Thomas created a 50ft portrait of the teenage activist on the face of Bristol's historic Tobacco Factory.

"She's very much in the limelight, very current, very contemporary and she's obviously clearly leading a very, very important issue which affects all of us on the planet", Thomas told the Huffington Post.

Thunberg is the 16-year-old who has inspired young people all over the world to take to the streets and let older people know they want climate change to be taken seriously.

In September, Thunberg became the face of a vast, coordinated strike to protest against government inaction on the climate crisis. And yet I'm one of the lucky ones.

The Swedish teenager has been giving speeches throughout the US since her address at the United Nations Climate Action Summit in September where she demanded world leaders do more to combat global warming.

"People are suffering. People are dying. Otherwise, it's going to be the beginning of our extinction".

"My message is that we'll be watching you", said the teen activist, whose mural will now keep watch over San Francisco, acknowledged as a city embracing environmental mindfulness.

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