121-year-old photo sparks Greta Thunberg 'time-traveller' conspiracies

Is that Greta Thunberg?

121-year-old photos recently shared by researchers at the University of Washington have sparked some intense conspiracy rumours surrounding the 16-year-old climate activist.

The images show three young children working on a gold mine in Canada's Yukon territory in 1898, with the eldest child bearing an uncanny resemblance to Greta Thunberg, leading many to claim that the teen activist is a "time traveller" sent to save the world. 

“In other news, Greta Thunberg is a time traveller,” Twitter user @PrisonPlanet said.

“Is Greta Thunberg a time traveler sent from 1898? The 1898 photo shows a girl almost identical to Greta extracting water from a well in Canada,” @HistoryTribune tweeted.

The Swedish teen has taken the world by storm with her efforts to fight climate change. She first gained international recognition during a 2018 climate strike outside the Swedish Parliament, which inspired a school walkout around the globe.

Since then, she's participated in climate protests around the world and has spoken at both Congress and the United Nations to call for an increased global response on the plight. 

Thunberg's address to the United Nations in August, which took place after she travelled across the Atlantic Ocean on a zero-emission yacht, has also garnered considerable applause, due to her bold words aimed at world leaders.

"This is all wrong. I shouldn't be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean," she said. "People are suffering, people are dying, entire ecosystems are collapsing ... and all you talk about is money and eternal fairy tales of economic growth.

“How dare you?”

Greta Thunberg travelling with Aussie Youtubers

After three months in the United States, she's currently sailing back across the Atlantic with Australian Youtubers Riley Whitelum and Elayna Carausu, a journey that is being documented on social media.

On Wednesday, she shared that the boat had encountered rough weather but the team will hopefully "arrive in Lisbon, Portugal, sometime in early December."


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