A crossover featuring real-life superheroes—young activists Greta Thunberg and Malala Yousafzai finally met and the admiration was obviously mutual. In the U.K. for a climate school strike, Greta visited Malala at the University of Oxford, according to CNN Philippines.
“So... today I met my role model. What else can I say?” tweeted Greta, a 17-year-old climate activist who was named Time Magazine’s 2019 Person of the Year.
Malala, a senior at Oxford who won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, tweeted, “She’s the only friend I’d skip school for.”
The two girls have been fighting the good fight in their respective fields from an early age. In 2018, Greta started skipping school to hold a climate strike by herself in front of the Swedish Parliament, sparking a global movement. Last year, the Swedish teen called out world leaders for their “fairy tales of eternal economic growth” amidst the climate crisis at the United Nations Climate Action Summit.
At 15 years old, Malala, who’s a staunch advocate for girls’ right to education, survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban in 2012. Two years later, the Pakistani activist received the Nobel Peace Prize for her “struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education."
Now 22 years old, she’s taking up Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Oxford University and she continues to fight for girls’ right to education.
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