Thun­berg hangs out with Es­ther the Won­der Pig

The Peterborough Examiner - - CANADA & WORLD - VIC­TO­RIA AHEARN

CAMP­BEL­LVILLE, ONT. — Swedish teen ac­tivist Greta Thun­berg took a break from her high-pro­file cam­paign against cli­mate change this week to hang out with a fel­low fa­mous ve­gan and Earth lover in On­tario.

Only in­stead of hand­shakes, the meet­ing be­tween the two in­flu­en­tial fig­ures in­volved a fore­head pet and snout rub.

On Tues­day af­ter­noon the 16-year-old and her fa­ther stopped by the Mil­tonarea sanc­tu­ary of Es­ther the Won­der Pig, a so­cial me­dia sen­sa­tion with two books writ­ten about her and an up­com­ing fea­ture film deal. The gath­er­ing was kept se­cret un­til Wed­nes­day, when a photo of them was posted on Es­ther’s so­cial me­dia pages with the cap­tion: “We were gonna change the world to­gether, but she took my last cup­cake, so the fu­ture of our al­liance is un­cer­tain. #HowDareYou”

Es­ther’s co-“dad” Steve Jenk­ins says Thun­berg has been a fol­lower and sup­porter of Es­ther’s for quite a while, and re­cently asked to visit their prop­erty dur­ing her trip to Canada. Last week, Thun­berg spoke about the dire state of the planet at a cli­mate-change protest in Mon­treal.

She was in Camp­bel­lville for sev­eral hours, met a bunch of their an­i­mals, fed Es­ther a cup­cake and was able to just “re­lax and be a kid,” said Jenk­ins, who co-“par­ents” Es­ther and runs the sanc­tu­ary with Derek Wal­ter.

“Poor Greta and her fa­ther, they’ve ab­so­lutely been run ragged the last lit­tle while, as ev­ery­body knows,” said Jenk­ins, re­fer­ring to the bar­rage of on­line crit­i­cism Thun­berg has faced as she de­liv­ers her mes­sage on global stages. “I think the rea­son that she fol­lows Es­ther, and hope­fully the rea­son that she came here, was just to get a lit­tle bit of a break. She didn’t have a whole bunch of peo­ple in her face.”

Jenk­ins said he and Wal­ter chat­ted with Thun­berg and found her to be “100 per cent on top of” her life. “It’s in­cred­i­ble. She’s eas­ily the most in­spir­ing and driven per­son I’ve ever met.”

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