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Teenage climate change Greta Thunberg said talking to president Trump would be a waste of time

Tuesday, December 31st 2019 - 12:14 UTC
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”Honestly, I don't think I would have said anything because obviously Trump is not listening to scientists and experts, so why would he listen to me?”, Thunberg said ”Honestly, I don't think I would have said anything because obviously Trump is not listening to scientists and experts, so why would he listen to me?”, Thunberg said

Teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg said on Monday that talking to US President Donald Trump at a United Nations summit on global warming would have been a waste of time since he would not have paid any attention.

In an interview with BBC radio's Today program, for which she was the guest editor on Monday, Thunberg also said she regarded personal attacks on her as funny and that she hoped to go back to having a normal life.

A video of the 16-year-old Swedish campaigner giving Trump what media described as a “death stare” at a UN climate summit in New York in September went viral on social media. Trump has questioned climate science and is pulling the United States out of the 2015 Paris Agreement on global warming.

Asked what she would have said to the president if they had spoken, Thunberg said: “Honestly, I don't think I would have said anything because obviously he's not listening to scientists and experts, so why would he listen to me?

”So I probably wouldn't have said anything, I wouldn't have wasted my time,“ she said.

This month Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro called Thunberg ”a brat“. Trump has said on Twitter she needs to work on her anger management problem.

”Those attacks are just funny because they obviously don't mean anything,“ she said. ”I guess of course it means something - they are terrified of young people bringing change which they don't want - but that is just proof that we are actually doing something and that they see us as some kind of threat.“

Thunberg came to world attention when she began a grassroots campaign aged 15 by skipping school every Friday to demonstrate outside the Swedish parliament. The protests have inspired millions of young people to take action against climate change.

Thunberg, who was named Time Magazine's Person of the Year for 2019, said becoming an activist had helped rescue her from the depression she had previously been suffering.

She also spoke in Monday's BBC program with veteran British broadcaster David Attenborough, telling him how his nature documentaries had inspired her.

”You have aroused the world,“ the 93-year-old Attenborough told Thunberg in reply, adding that she had achieved things ”that many of us who have been working on the issue for 20 years have failed to do“.

Her father Svante Thunberg, also interviewed for the BBC program, said she had dealt very well with ”the fake news, all the things that people try to fabricate about her, the hate that that generates“ while in the global media limelight.

”Quite frankly, I don't know how she does it, but she laughs most of the time. She finds it hilarious,” he said.

The teenager rejoined activists outside the Swedish parliament this month after four months of overseas trips to attend climate conferences in New York and Madrid.

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  • Chicureo

    Has Greta-the-puppet ever complained about India or China?

    China is planning to build another 300 coal-fired power plants that will produce the equivalent of all the coal-fired power plants in the 28-nation European Union. Despite signing climate-change treaties to reduce CO2 emissions, including the United Nations-sponsored 2009 Copenhagen Accords and the 2015 Paris Agreements, China’s coal-fired power capacity quintupled from 195 gigawatts in 2000 to 973 gigawatts in 2018. https://www.theepochtimes.com/china-adding-new-coal-power-plants-equivalent-to-entire-european-union-capacity_3186439.html

    Jan 01st, 2020 - 08:23 pm +1
  • Little J

    Cannot bu agree with this young lady!!

    Jan 01st, 2020 - 12:34 pm -1
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