A photo taken 121 years ago has sparked a hilarious internet conspiracy theory that teen climate activist Greta Thunberg is a time-traveler who landed in 2019 to save the Earth.
The image shows three children operating a machine in a gold mine during the Klondike Gold Rush in 1898. It was shot by Eric Hegg in the Yukon territory of northwestern Canada and is today part of the University of Washington’s Special Collections archive.
Three children operating rocker at a gold mine on Dominion Creek, Yukon Territory, ca. 1898 pic.twitter.com/NA1yRrWRSP— Cool History (@history2cool) November 19, 2019
When the image circulated on Twitter, people were in awe of the striking resemblance between the girl in the image and the Swedish teen activist, who has sparked a global youth-led movement to combat the climate crisis after staging school strikes every Friday for more than a year.
The 16-year-old has lambasted leaders of global superpowers for inaction on climate change, sailed around the world promoting her message, turned down tens of thousands of dollars in prize money, and addressed the United Nations. She’s been labelled by Leonardo DiCaprio as a “leader of our time” and nominated for a Nobel Prize.
“So ‘Greta Thunberg’ is in a photo from 120 years ago, and it’s my new favourite conspiracy. Greta’s a time traveller, from the future, and she’s here to save us,” one Twitter user wrote, sharing the 1898 photo superimposed on a picture of Thunberg.
So, ‘Greta Thunberg’ is in a photo from 120 years ago, and it’s my new favourite conspiracy. Greta’s a time traveller, from the future, and she’s here to save us. pic.twitter.com/5ObTjPFXvk— Jack - J.S. Strange (@JackSamStrange) November 18, 2019
Twitter users were convinced the 1898 image explained the teenager’s activism and leadership:
To those saying ‘How can she be in the past if she’s from the future?!?’ Obviously, as a time traveller, she can travel to ANY time period. She obviously tried to go back 120 years, didn’t work, and now she’s here. Obviously! 🙄— Jack - J.S. Strange (@JackSamStrange) November 20, 2019
Maybe she is from the future who was sent back in time to key moments in history to stop climate change 🤯😂 https://t.co/FH0TFlCvKm— Kelly Edwards (@KellyEdwardsWPG) November 19, 2019
#GretaThunberg “you stole my childhood” possibly referring to the past? Maybe not. “The world is waking up, and change is coming whether you like it or not” sure sounds like something a time traveler would say... low key I think time travel has been around for a long time— Meme Finder Chick (@Cringe42E) November 21, 2019
People also speculated over what she could have been doing in the past ...
So what was she doing 120 years in the past!?— Alan Baxter (@AlanBaxter) November 20, 2019
Maybe trying to kill the person who would invent plastic— Jack - J.S. Strange (@JackSamStrange) November 20, 2019
And how she traveled ...
There was a suggestion for time travel movie about Thunberg ...
Please Mr Spielberg buy rights to make the #GretaThunberg time travel movie we’re waiting for.— FlaviKon (@flavikon) November 20, 2019
And finally, kind wishes for the activist as she continues her mission to save the Earth ― whether in 2019 or 1898.
120-year-old photo sparks theories that climate activist & environmental heroine, @GretaThunberg , is, in fact, a 'time-travel' who has traveled thru time to save our planet! Wishing her all the best and success in her mission to save the Earth. We can use the help we can get! https://t.co/YCJ35l4irh— Dean Friedman (@DeanFriedman) November 21, 2019
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