BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 24 Apr '19

For her first ever cover shoot, 16-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg got in front of the lens of Harley Weir for i-D

Fashion publisher i-D has revealed 16-year-old environmental activist and Fridays For Future founder Greta Thunberg is the cover star of its summer 2019 issue, which carries the title The Voice of a Generation.

Voice of a generation

One girl’s utter determination to try and stop the greatest threat humanity has ever faced has set off a global youth climate strike movement. 16-year-old Greta Thunberg is the voice of a generation.

Greta sat down with i-D’s Clementine de Pressigny a week after the global youth strike on Friday 15 March, which saw 1.4 million students from around the world ditch school for the day to demand that their future, and that of the planet, be protected.

‘This is our entire future’

In the interview the pair discuss the rapid growth of the youth protest movement, how she educated her parents on the climate crisis and dealing with depression at 11 years old.

‘When I was eight or nine years old my teacher showed our class photographs of plastic in the ocean and deforestation’, Greta said. ‘I couldn’t stop thinking about those pictures. They were stuck in my head. I thought it was very sad that no one seemed to care about what was going on. When I became aware of the climate crisis I became depressed. I stopped talking, I stopped eating and I stopped going to school. I stopped smiling and I stopped having fun.’

‘Many people say that this movement has become so big and ask me if I’m proud’, Greta continues, ‘but we haven’t seen anything yet. The climate crisis is only going to become worse, to become bigger and bigger and more urgent with time. This is not a one-time thing, this is our entire future.’