Climate change activist. Fighter for climate justice. Teenage environmental superstar. The face of the youth movement against global warming. These are just a few of the compliments that 16-year-old Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg has received over the years. However, there are also people who either disagree with her message or the way that she presents it. Some of these individuals are civil about it, others lash out at her online.
However, Greta’s used to getting on the wrong side of some people and she’s tougher than she looks. So instead of falling to pieces from some angry comments after her speech at the recent United Nations Climate Change Summit, Greta decided to hit back at her critics in a viral Twitter thread.
“As you may have noticed, the haters are as active as ever — going after me, my looks, my clothes, my behaviour and my differences. They come up with every thinkable lie and conspiracy theory,” Greta started roasting her critics, highlighting the fact that this is far from the first time she’s had to deal with negative comments.
Among Greta’s critics were the US President, Fox News host Laura Ingraham, as well as Daily Wire journalist Michael Knowles. This week, Knowles was invited to participate in a panel on Fox News; on it, he called Greta ‘mentally ill.’ It is well-known that the teenager has Asperger’s syndrome because she notes this fact in her Twitter bio.
According to the teenager, climate change deniers would rather criticize everything about her, instead of taking a good, long look at the science surrounding global warming. In her opinion, adults should focus on making planet Earth a better, cleaner, healthier place to live in, not waste their time getting angry at a teenager. What’s more, Greta said that it’s best to ignore the haters.
On Monday, Greta gave a speech at the UN where she verbally lambasted world leaders for failing to stop climate change. Some thought that her speech was just what was needed to wake politicians up. While others said that the teenager has good intentions, but the way she delivered the speech was wrong and that she needed to take a calmer approach.
Donald Trump mocked Greta after her speech, saying that she “seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future.” The teenager took the US President’s words and temporarily put them in her Twitter bio as a subtle dig.
Dear Pandas, what do you think of Greta’s comeback to her critics? What do you think of Greta in general? What ideas do you have to fight climate change? Share your thoughts with us in the comments. And be sure to read Bored Panda’s previous posts about Greta here, here, and here!
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