Arnold Schwarzenegger Gives Teen Climate Activist a Tesla

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According to a report by Car and Driver magazine, former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is helping Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg walk the walk as well as talk the talk. The “Governator” has arranged for the teen climate activist to have use of a Tesla Model 3 to tool around North America and attend various protest events.

  • Thunberg came to prominence just a year ago when the then 15-year-old ditched school to protest outside the Swedish parliament, demanding more steps be taken to combat global warming.
  • Schwarzenegger had publicly offered to help Thunberg any way he could, and when she came calling, he was good to his word.

An offer Thunberg couldn’t refuse

Although Schwarzenegger owns an electrified Hummer and electrified Mercedes-Benz G Class, both modified by Kreisel Electric, he made arrangements for Thunberg to drive a Model 3. For the 16-year-old Thunberg, this seems to be a more appropriate choice anyway.

Thunberg has inspired other students to join her in protesting climate change, culminating in an international school strike movement. In addition, she took her crusade to the 2018 United Nations Climate Action Change Summit. And, apparently, she also inspired Schwarzenegger who met the teen at a climate summit in his home country of Austria and gushed that he was “starstruck”.


Thunberg is a new and powerful voice in the climate activism community, even landing on the cover of Time magazine this year. It would have been a bit contradictory for her to travel around the U.S. in a gas-powered vehicle—and a point of attack for detractors. Plus, the added publicity from a famous public figure such as Schwarzenegger gives her more visibility and strengthens her environmental crusade.

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