How to Watch the New 'Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World' Docuseries

Sophie Hirsh - Author

Apr. 12 2021, Published 1:01 p.m. ET

Last year, the documentary I Am Greta gave fans of Greta Thunberg a look into her climate activism journey over the past few years. And for those who want an even more in-depth peek into the environmentalist's life — specifically, the year she took off of school to fight for the planet — a new three-part docuseries is about to drop. 

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Keep reading to find out how to watch Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World, which features Thunberg sitting down in-person with David Attenborough for the first time.

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Here's how to watch 'Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World.'

Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World premieres on the BBC tonight, Monday, April 12, 2021. If you live in the U.K., you can watch the first episode live on BBC One or BBC Two at 9 p.m. local time, or you can stream it on the BBC iPlayer starting at the same time.

The remaining two episodes will air on the following Tuesdays, April 19 and April 26 at 9 p.m. Unfortunately, BBC iPlayer only works in the U.K. due to rights issues.

To watch the first episode of Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World in the U.S., you'll have to wait until Earth Day, Thursday, April 22 at 8 p.m. ET, when all three episodes will air in a row on PBS. PBS will then show one episode a week at 8 p.m. the Wednesdays beginning the following week — Episode 1 will re-air on April 28, Episode 2 on May 5, and Episode 3 on May 12.

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'Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World' — what to expect

Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World chronicles Thunberg's gap year from high school, in which she traveled the world with a goal of changing it.

Her gap year began in the fall of 2019 when Thunberg, her father Svante, and a small crew spent more than two weeks traveling via boat from her native Sweden to NYC so she could speak at the U.N.'s Climate Action Summit.

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Thunberg planned to spend the remainder of her gap year traveling the Americas doing climate activism — but things changed when COP25 was moved from Chile to Madrid, and she had to head back to Europe (via another boat, of course), and things changed even further when the coronavirus pandemic struck.

For Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World, a camera crew followed Thunberg during her gap year, as she traveled across the Atlantic by boat and across the U.S. in Arnold Schwarzenegger's electric car (which makes a cameo in the series' trailer). Additionally, viewers can expect to see scenes featuring Thunberg meeting with various climate scientists and experts, as well as her visits to Canada's burning tar sands, European coal mines, and the U.S.' melting glaciers, as per PBS.

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“Through Greta’s exploration of the science, we get a deeper understanding of the problems of climate change and the complexity of resolving them,” said Bill Gardner, VP of Programming and Development at PBS, said in a statement. “This is also a very personal, intimate and moving story about an incredibly brave person who has found herself in the global spotlight and navigates the challenges of unsought fame.” 

Greta Thunberg meets David Attenborough in the docuseries.

On Monday, April 12, the BBC dropped a clip from Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World, featuring Thunberg and David Attenborough meeting for the first time. In the clip, Thunberg asks Attenborough to share some of the environmental progress that he has seen, his advice for keeping the fight going, and more. The legendary historian also praises Thunberg in the clip, complimenting the efforts she has made.

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