Greta thunberg is a product in fact the idea of a school strike at the swedish parliament wasn't her idea but a swedish lobbyist called Bo thoren. He joined with the pr company called "we don't have time" and together started the movement using greta as a marketing tool. Then most likely latter on other organizations joined like ONE foundation.
Bo thoren was interviewed months ago in the P4 swedish radio and he admitted in that interview that he was looking for new faces to promote his agenda and he met greta thunberg and it's when it all started.
P4 radio: Tell about your connection to Greta's school strike and what happened afterwards.
Bo thoren: The link is that last year I worked on mobilizing young people in the climate issue, because there were voices that we lacked and that we needed, and at the same time greta had written a debate article in Svenska Dagbladet which was very good. So then I contacted greta and then she along with some teachers and some high school, college and university students, attended an online meeting to find out how we can mobilize young people. And then I made the suggestion that we could start a school strike before the election. And that was something that greta was inspired by.
P4 radio: When you say we, Mr bo, who is behind it?. People wonder who is it?, Who are you representing?.
Bo thoren: I am involved in an organization called fossil-free Dahlsland and have been involved in climate issues since 2013, greta has been involved for many years too but here we get a new tool that I represent.