28 September 2019
Greta Thunberg is angry, and not just about climate change.
“The haters are as active as ever”, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist posted on social media on Thursday, “going after me, my looks, my clothes, my behaviour and my differences”. Anything, she says, rather than talk about the climate crisis.
It hasn’t stopped her from campaigning. On Friday, she led another of her climate strikes, heading up a huge demonstration in Montreal, demanding international aviation does more to cut its carbon footprint.
But she is clearly very annoyed, accusing critics of “crossing every line to avert the focus” with, what she calls, lies and conspiracy theories.
Of course, the attention isn’t surprising. Over the past year, Greta Thunberg has arguably done more to galvanise global action on climate than any other single individual.
And there is no question the unnerving power of her rhetoric comes in part from the fact that she is so young.
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A key reason her “How dare you!” message hit home so hard in the UN this week was because she seemed so jarringly out of place in the air-conditioned formality of the UN’s New York HQ.