Tiny SNAIL found in Brunei is named after Greta Thunberg to “acknowledge that her generation will be responsible for solving problems they have not caused”
- The new species – Craspedotropis gretathunberga – is approximately 2 mm long
- It was found by civil scientists during fieldwork in the wilderness of Brunei
- Greta Thunberg said she was “happy” that the snail was named after her
A tiny greenish-brown snail was discovered in the wilderness of Brunei and is named after Greta Thunberg.
The new species – Craspedotropis gretathunberga – is approximately 2 mm long and 1 mm wide with gray tentacles and a concave dish.
Researchers say they named the mollusk after the prominent 17-year-old climate activist to acknowledge that her generation will be responsible for solving problems they have not caused.
Greta Thunberg said she was “happy” that the snail was named after her.
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A tiny greenish-brown snail (photo) was discovered in the wilderness of Brunei and is named after Greta Thunberg
Researchers say they named the mollusk after prominent 17-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg (photo) to acknowledge that her generation will be responsible for solving problems they haven’t caused
“The newly described snail belongs to the so-called caenogastropods, a group of land snails that are known to be sensitive to drought, extreme temperatures and forest degradation,” says snail expert Dr. Menno Schilthuizen.
“All individuals were found very close to the research field station at the foot of a steep slope, next to a riverbank, while foraging at night on the green leaves of under-washed plants. “
The journey of civil scientists was based at Kuala Belalong Field Studies Center.
Citizen scientist J.P. Lim was the first person to find the first known copy of the snail from Greta Thunberg.
Civil scientists’ journey was based on Kuala Belalong Field Studies Center when they discovered the new species of snail and named it after Greta
Citizen scientist J.P. Lim (photo) was the first person to find the first known copy of the snail from Greta Thunberg
An expert said: “All individuals [of the new species] were found very close to the research field station at the foot of a steep slope, next to a riverbank, while foraging at night on the green leaves of plants
He said: “Calling this snail after Greta Thunberg is our way of recognizing that her generation will be responsible for solving problems they have not caused.
“And it’s a promise that people of all generations will join her to help.”
This is the second invertebrate that is named in honor of the maverick environment and climate activist.
Last year a beetle was named after her.
This Nelloptodes gretae – which had no name in advance, despite being discovered 50 years ago – has no eyes, no wings and is only 1 mm long.
How did Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg become the poster girl for the climate change movement?
Greta Thunberg, pictured, is a teenager who started a solo protest last year outside the Swedish parliament, which has since spread around the world. At Fridays For Future events, young people demanded that their government take action against climate change
The youth-led climate protests that were launched around the world were inspired by Greta Thunberg, a Swedish teenager who spent three weeks in school in her country’s parliament last summer.
Born as the mother of a professional opera singer, the 16-year-old pigtailed developed her interest in climate change at the age of nine after watching a film about the effects of plastic.
What started as a lonely fight outside the Swedish parliament in August last year, spread over the world and involved more than 100,000 school children in 112 different countries.
The movement was called Fridays For Future and consisted of students who took time off every Friday to demand action from the government on climate issues.
Greta has Asperger and ADHD, but has often talked about how her ailments have served as a motivator rather than a source of depression that she said they were once.
Since her first strike last year at the age of 15, Greta has further discussed the possible solutions to combat climate change at meetings in Stockholm, Helsinki, Brussels and London. Every conference in which she attended has traveled by train, bus or bicycle in an attempt to keep her CO2 footprint low.
Over the past few years, she has persuaded her family to make drastic changes to save the planet, including refusing to fly on airplanes, growing their own vegetables and not eating meat.
Greta was nominated by members of the Norwegian Parliament for a Nobel Peace Prize for her work and determination, and she received freedom of expression, the Fritt Ord Prize, in April.
Greta is heading for 60ft racing boat Malizia II to come to the UN Climate Action Summit in New York and the COP25 climate conference in Santiago this year.