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 has inspired millions of people around the globe. She is a force for change.
Greta Thunberg is the relatable face of a movement for many
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.
Greta Thunberg is inspiring
Greta has an uncanny ability to inspire both children and adults alike.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Greta Thunberg is a young, inexperienced, privileged teenager who travels around the world to address international bodies.
Greta Thunberg is a hypocrite
Thunberg spreads her message of emission reductions while travelling around the globe using carbon-intensive modes of transport and contributing further to the problem.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This page was last edited on Friday, 25 Oct 2019 at 08:39 UTC