Activist Greta Thunberg has set sail for the New York UN Summit as part of her mission to tackle the climate crisis. But some of the responses she has received on Twitter for doing this are absolutely unacceptable.
Teen activist Greta Thunberg is absolutely smashing it in her mission to tackle the climate crisis. Earlier this month she collaborated on a song with The 1975, sampling an essay on climate change. She’s also just starred on a ground-breaking cover of GQ magazine after receiving their Game Changer award. Oh, and she’s now set sail to New York’s UN summit. Thunberg is campaigning for all governments to cut emissions in line with the Paris Agreement, which Donald Trump has rejected.
But, for some, this is something to poke fun at. In fact, two people have actually publicly made disgusting jokes about Thunberg on social media — with both deservedly receiving a fierce backlash from her supporters. Brexiter Arron Banks and radio presenter Julia Hartley-Brewer seem to have a problem with the young female activist - who lives with a learning disability - for making it her life’s mission to address the climate crisis we’re in.
Most worryingly, Banks actually commented about a “freak yachting accident” happening while Thumberg is out at sea this month.
“Freak yachting accidents do happen in August…” he wrote.
As you can imagine, people are appalled at the supposed “joke” and have gathered together in support of Thunberg.
Although Hartley-Brewer’s tweet didn’t have a violent tone, the way she patronises Thunberg and shows her disinterest in the climate crisis is infuriatingly frustrating.
Again, people were not here for this comment.
Luckily, Thunberg is on too important a mission to waste time logging on to read such tweets.
Speaking before she set off for America on Wednesday (14 August), Thunberg made one thing very clear: meeting the President of the United States of America would be a complete waste of her time. Asked how she would rank America’s climate change efforts, Thunberg said it would rank “not very high”.
“Why should I waste time talking to him when he, of course, is not going to listen to me?” she told CBS.
Explaining her environmental decision to sail to America – rather than fly there - she added: “It just shows how impossible it is to live sustainably today – it’s absurd that you have to sail across the Atlantic Ocean like this to get there with no emissions.”
“But I feel like since I’m one of the few people in the world who can actually do this I want to take the opportunity to do it.”
Thunberg recently challenged New York’s 14th district congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez about America’s action on the climate crisis during an interview recorded by The Guardian. Ocasio-Cortez had previously shown her support for tackling the climate crisis by submitting the Green New Deal to the US House of Representatives, so Thunberg had an important question for her.
“I have heard about how bad the situation is in the US with climate denialism, but I find it very hard to believe,” Thunberg said during their video call conversation. “It’s bad here in Sweden – but I have seen reports of how little the US media mentions the climate crisis and how it is treated. How bad is it really?”
Ocasio-Cortez replied saying that things have actually improved after being “historically very, very bad”. According to the congresswoman, almost 40% of Republican voters did not believe that climate change was a fact in 1989. She continued to say that she believes the number of deniers has now dropped, especially in the wake of the New Green Deal push.
Ocasio-Cortez will also be present at the Climate Change Summit, which takes place on 23 September 2019.