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The best and most biting climate change comebacks ever to grace the internet

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From Greta Thunberg’s expert Donald Trump takedown to the fearless social media users who corrected climate change deniers, these are the Twitter moments worth celebrating.

When Donald Trump called Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate change activist a “very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future” on Twitter, the reportedly sarcastic remarks were supposed to sting. Thunberg, however, expertly upended Trump’s comments by logging onto her Twitter account and turning his remarks into her tongue-in-cheek Twitter bio.

“A very happy girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future,” Thunberg’s short bio now reads. As far as power moves go, this is an epic one.

This is hardly the first – or last – time that climate change activists have used social media to clapback at those who criticise them. Here are a few of the best moments

  • When Jeremy Clarkson’s daughter hit back at her father’s comments about Greta Thunberg

    This week, in a column in The Sun, Jeremy Clarkson called Thunberg a “spoilt brat” and that she should “go back to school”.

    “How dare you sail to America on a carbon fibre yacht that you didn’t build which cost £15m, that you didn’t earn, and which has a back-up diesel engine that you didn’t mention. Pause for a moment to consider how soundly you sleep at night, knowing that adults are building and servicing and flyin Sweden’s fighter planes. To keep you safe. We gave you mobile phones and laptops and the internet. We created the social media you use every day and we run the banks that pay for it all. So how dare you stand there and lecture us, you spoilt brat.”

    Clarkson’s daughter Emily criticised her father’s remarks on her own Twitter account, quoting comedian John Bishop who had previously praised the 16-year-old Swedish activist. Emily added her own comment: “Wouldn’t it be nice if all middle aged blokes could talk to and about Greta, the ballsy af teenager out there changing the world, like this.” 

  • When an astrophysicist clapped back at someone who told her that she didn't understand the science of climate change

  • When Amy Klobuchar and Donald Trump came to blows over climate change

  • When White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told AOC to leave climate change to God and AOC responded with quotes from the literal Bible

  • When Greta Thunberg joked that she had “moved on” from climate change

  • When Bernie Sanders hit back at bad science being peddled on alt-right news platform Breitbart

  • When people called out AOC’s support for solar power and completely missed the point

    As many people who responded to the Tweet noted, the best thing about solar power is that it runs on, you know, the sun

  • When someone rightly compared Trump’s climate change denial to the Titanic

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