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Who is Greta Thunberg?

The 16-year-old Swedish climate activist has emerged as the face of environmentalism. Her school strike ignited a global movement, she has addressed US Congress and the United Nations on the threat of climate change and now she has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. But who is Greta Thunberg?

Greta Thunberg is a force for change

Greta Thunberg has inspired millions of people around the globe. She is a force for change.

Greta Thunberg is inspiring

Greta has an uncanny ability to inspire both children and adults alike. Explore

Greta Thunberg puts those most affected at the forefront

As a young 16-year-old, her emergence as the face of climate activism puts those most affected by the crisis at the forefront of demands for a solution. Explore

Greta Thunberg sees it how it is

In part, her Asperger's syndrome has helped her see through the social cues surrounding climate change and grapple with the bare facts, and the facts are nothing short of terrifying. Explore

Greta Thunberg is the relatable face of a movement

Greta built on the work of many activists that went before her, many of whom were people of colour. Her status as a young, white female has allowed her to break through the noise and capture the world's attention. Explore

Who cares who Greta Thunberg is?

Greta Thunberg is mobilizing people. That is all that matters.

Greta Thunberg is getting people to take note

The most important thing is to mobilise people to take action against climate change. It doesn't matter who Greta Thunberg is. What matters is the effect she has on the movement. Explore

Greta Thunberg is a distraction

Canonising Greta has only succeeded in distracting people from the issue at hand: taking action to prevent further climate-induced calamity.

Greta Thunberg is a consumable product

With Greta as the face of the movement, consuming Greta replaces meaningful action. Explore

Greta Thunberg is more concerned with blame than solutions

Greta likes to remind older generations of their role in the climate crisis, casting blame and inducing resentment. This time could be better spent. Explore

Greta Thunberg is a bullseye

Climate change deniers struggle to attack scientists that stay out of the public eye or the abstract notion of climate change. They can target Greta, a physical embodiment of the climate change movement and keep the discussion centred on her instead of the policy and science of climate change. Explore

Greta Thunberg is a wolf in sheep's clothing

Greta Thunberg is a young, inexperienced, privileged teenager who travels around the world to address international bodies.

Greta Thunberg doesn't tackle the real polluters

Thunberg spends her time lecturing the governments of Europe and North America without mentioning nations like China and India, who are both serious emissions offenders. Explore

Greta Thunberg reeks of privilege

Greta comes from a very wealthy family. When someone born with a silver spoon in their mouth tells others to change their lifestyle, it does not go down well. Explore

Greta Thunberg is a hypocrite

Greta Thunberg spreads her message of emission reductions while travelling around the globe using carbon-intensive modes of transport. Greta Thunberg is a hypocrite who contributes to the problem. Explore

Greta Thunberg is a weapon of the left

Greta Thunberg is a vulnerable child who has been manipulated and weaponised by the left in the hope that critics will refrain from publicly attacking a young disabled girl.

Greta Thunberg is being manipulated

As a young, impressionable teenager, she is highly receptive to the beliefs and opinions of those around her. Explore

Greta Thunberg identity makes her difficult to attack

As a teenage girl with Asperger's syndrome, she is difficult for the right to attack without looking like bullies. Explore
This page was last edited on Monday, 16 Dec 2019 at 21:53 UTC