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A Tiny Snail Named After Greta Thunberg

A new species of a tiny little snail is found in Brunei and is named after Greta Thunberg in order to acknowledge her efforts and contribution to climate change. It’s a green-brown color snail named “Craspedotropis gretathunberga” and measures nearly 2mm long and 1mm wide in size. It has grey colored tentacles and a concave-shaped shell. Complete details on this discovery have been published in the journal Biodiversity Data Journal.

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This new mollusk is named after the 17 years old Swedish activist who is working on climate change. It is a small tribute to acknowledge that her generation would be held responsible for the climate-related problems and expected to fix the mess that they didn’t create. On this news, Greta Thunberg shared that she is “delighted” to hear about it.

This newly discovered species of snail is from the group “caenogastropods” which includes land snails in it that are sensitive to environmental changes i.e. drought, temperature change, deforestation, etc.

Dr. Menno Schilthuizen, a snail expert says that;

“All individuals were found very close to the research field station at the foot of a steep hill-slope, next to a riverbank, while foraging at night on the green leaves of understorey plants.”

Some scientists were working in Kuala Belalong Field Studies Centre out of which, a senior researcher J.P. Lim was able to discover this new Greta Thunberg snail.

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Upon naming this snail, J.P. Lim said; “Naming this snail after Greta Thunberg is our way of acknowledging that her generation will be responsible for fixing problems that they did not create.  And it’s a promise that people from all generations will join her to help.”

This is not the first but second time that an animal has been named after Greta, the most popular climate activist of 2019. Before this snail, a beetle was named after Greta last year. The beetle “Nelloptodes gretae” was unnamed for more than 50 years and it is a unique beetle that has no eyes and wings.

Greta Thunberg is a teenager climate activist from Sweden who held a solo protest last year outside the parliament and reached to international media. Her campaign called “Fridays For Future” encourages people to demand their governments to take climate change seriously and make respective decisions.

The 17-years old led protest has inspired the whole world. Began as a quiet protest outside parliament got media’s attention and millions of students from 112 countries joined hands with her for this campaign.

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This moment was named “Fridays For Future” as the students took off every Friday to protest and demand the government to take action on climate change.

Greta is suffering from Asperger’s and ADHD however these conditions haven’t stopped her to take any action against climate change. She has been in climate change rallies held in Stockholm, Helsinki, Brussels, and London. All these conferences and rallies that she attended, she made sure to take a train, bus or cycle so that her carbon footprint is kept low.

She has convinced her family members to change their lifestyle in order to reduce their contribution to environmental change. They grow their own vegetables now and avoid eating meat. Norway’s Parliament has nominated her for Nobel Prize for peace for her movement and determination.






Areeba Hussain

The author is a fulltime medical and healthcare writer. She graduated in Medical Microbiology and Immunology with distinction. Her areas of prime interest are medicine, medical technology, disease awareness, and research analysis. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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