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  • The series will follow Thunberg as she meets with experts, politicians and business leaders.
  • BBC says the series will take her to “the front line of climate change in some of the most extraordinary places on Earth.”
  • No release date has been announced at this time.

Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg will star in a BBC Studios documentary series that follows her as she travels the world to meet scientists and world leaders to discuss how to tackle the climate crisis. 

“Climate change is probably the most important issue of our lives so it feels timely to make an authoritative series that explores the facts and science behind this complex subject,” BBC Executive Producer Rod Liddell said in a statement. “To be able to do this with Greta is an extraordinary privilege, getting an inside view on what it’s like being a global icon and one of the most famous faces on the planet.” 

The series will follow the 17-year-old’s “international crusade” against climate change, as she explores what actions can be taken to curb the warming of the planet. Thunberg will meet with scientists, political figures and business leaders to explore scientific evidence. The series will also document her “journey into adulthood,” as she is confronted by “the real world consequences of inaction,” according to the BBC. 

The project was announced at the BBC Showcase trade show Monday. No release date or number of episodes have been announced at this time. 

Thunberg has garnered worldwide attention since 2018, when she began missing school to protest against what she claimed was inaction by world leaders to take on climate change. Since then, she has spoken out on the world stage and encouraged students to skip school to join protests demanding action on environmental issues, a movement that has grown beyond Sweden and spread across the globe. 

Thunberg raised the climate change issue before the United Nations (UN) General Assembly last September, at the UN’s annual COP25 climate meeting in Madrid, and at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. She was named Time magazine’s 2019 “Person of the Year,” and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for the second consecutive year last week.

Published on Feb 11, 2020