Climate activist and school strike leader Greta Thunberg has the psychic power to see invisible carbon dioxide according to her mother.
The bizarre claim was made by the 16-year-old activist’s mum Malena Ernman in the book ‘Scenes from the Heart’, a memoir about Greta’s family of which a preprint has already been made available.
The book, which is co-authored by Greta, her sister Beata and father Svante, details the girls’ troubled childhood after they were both diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and Asperger’s, a developmental disorder on the autism spectrum.
The book also covers how Greta suddenly changed her outlook when she learned about the world’s environmental problems such as plastics in our oceans and global warming at the age of eight and later developed depression and an unspecified eating disorder.
Her mother Malena wrote: “From one day to the next, Greta suddenly stopped eating.
“Due to her eating disorder, we had to count the number of gnocchi balls on her plate to check if she would eat enough. It used to take her up to an hour to eat a third of a banana.”
According to Malena, Greta stopped going to school, was constantly crying and only talked to her parents, sister and one teacher. At the age of 11, she slipped into depression.
Malena said that her daughter only started to feel better when her family finally listened to her pleas that they needed to do more to help the earth’s climate.
Since then, the family turned vegan, stopped flying and now drive around in an electric car.
Even mum Malena, an opera singer who represented Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009, agreed to stop flying and found a different job closer to home.
Meanwhile, Greta rose to worldwide fame when she started the ‘school strike for climate’ movement which was followed by tens of thousands of students around the world.
According to Malena, Greta has the psychic gift of being able to see the colourless and invisible gas of carbon dioxide being emitted into the air.
Malena wrote: “She can see carbon dioxide with the naked eye. She sees how it flows out of chimneys and turns the atmosphere into a rubbish tip.”
The claim would make Greta the only human capable of seeing the gas, which many believe is contributing to climate change, but is also vital for sustaining human life and the growth of plants and trees which need it for photosynthesis.
Published by Penguin, ‘Scenes from the Heart’ will reportedly be available to buy in the UK later this year.
All of the family’s earnings from the book will be donated to charity.