“It’s the only friend that would be missing classes,” wrote Malala Yousafzai on her Twitter account about the first encounter with the teen environmentalist Greta Thunberg.
The activists of the world-renowned met Tuesday at the campus of the University of Oxford in England.
Thunberg, of 17 years, visited the campus to meet the human rights defender, who scored “his example to follow” in a publication of Instagram.
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Yousafzai is studying political science, philosophy, and economics in the university.
The student posted a picture of the two on Instagram with a simple message to a photo caption: “Thanks @gretathunberg”.
It is unknown what they discussed with the young people, although according to Alan Rusbridger, the director of the college, Lady Margaret Hall, Thunberg spoke with the students about “science, vote, the limits of protest and much more”, during his visit.
Some have responded to the publications in social networks of the young people with comments such as “legends” and described the meeting as “fantastic”.
A follower of both, Stefan Reichwein, published on Twitter: “pure Inspiration and hope – the world needs women like you.”
While another user, Ida Skibenes, wrote: “Thanks for being the heroes that we need and for giving us hope.”
Jennifer Cassidy, a professor of political science at Oxford, wrote: “I get out of my class and on the street above I see Malala and Greta Thunberg talking outside.”
“Two powerful young people that are fighting for justice, truth and equality for all”.
But others are not got rid in praise, but, on the contrary, rated the young people as “overvalued”.
The Twitter user Luis Hulyer wrote: “A risked his life to go to school [en referencia a Malala] while the other only plays to miss classes.”
Two years ago, Thunberg he began to miss classes almost every Friday to protest outside the Swedish parliament, in what became the beginning of a global environmental movement.
It has become a voice of leadership regarding taking actions for climate change and an inspiration for millions of students who have joined the protest.
In 2012, Yousafzai was shot in the head, neck and shoulder by a member of the Taliban while on his way home from school and after having written a diary anonymous about his life under the regime extremist.
After recovering from wounds, almost fatal, she and her family moved to Birmingham, England.
In 2014, she became the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace prize at 17 years old. Three years later he accepted a place to study at Oxford.
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