Greta Thunberg to interview David Attenborough as part of BBC takeover

Joe Gamp
Contributor, Yahoo News UK
Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg attends a climate march in Turin, Italy, December 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Greta Thunberg will interview environmentalist and broadcaster David Attenborough as part of a special BBC radio takeover, it has been announced.

The 16-year-old Swedish climate activist will speak with the Seven Worlds, One Planet documentarian on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, to air on Monday. They will discuss topics including the environment and the natural world, she said.

Nobel Prize nominee Thunberg had previously announced she would be a guest editor for the show, one of five people to guest edit the daily current affairs programme during the festive period.

David Attenborough smiles at a ceremony for the naming of the RRS Sir David Attenborough at Camel Laird shipyard, Birkenhead, England, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. (Asadour Guzelian/Pool Photo via AP)

Each programme will include an interview with the guest editor, with Thunberg speaking to Attenborough, 93, one of the UK’s most revered documentary makers.

The official BBC Radio 4 twitter announced the interview with a video of Thunberg.

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Artist Grayson Perry, rapper George The Poet, Charles Moore, a critic of the BBC, and Supreme Court president Lady Hale will also guest edit the high-profile news show.

Previous guest editors have included Prince Harry, Angelina Jolie, John Bercow, Sir Lenny Henry and Professor Stephen Hawking.

Earlier this month, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro called Thunberg a “brat” after she expressed concern about the killings of indigenous Brazilians in the Amazon.

The environmental activist became a symbol for youth over the last 12 months, demanding radical change to confront climate change when she sparked global school strikes.