They don’t just invite anyone to make impassioned speeches at UN Climate talks, and while she grabbed the world’s attention, and in the process her death stare to the President became a bit of a meme.
However, now the 16 year-old climate activist has spoken out on the incident for the first time, offering her take on what went down.
Speaking on Scandinavian talk show Skavlan, she explained: “I was stopped because suddenly he came in and security went, ‘You have to step to the side.’ And suddenly he came in. I think I was very shocked.”
She also spoke about Trump tweeting a seemingly sly dig at her, in which he called her a ‘very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future’.
“I mean, you can interpret it in different ways, many different ways,” she said. “I knew that sometime he is probably going to say something about me and it was like, it doesn’t make any difference in a way.”
The host then pressed her, asking if she spotted any sarcasm in the tweet, to which she replied: “Of course I do, but of course he’s going to write that.”
Although Trump was at the conference, he missed her speech.
“This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here,” she told them, “I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you have come to us young people for hope. How dare you. You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.
“Yet, I am one of the lucky ones. People are suffering, people are dying and entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction. And all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you?
“For more than 30 years the science has been crystal clear. How dare you continue to look away and come here saying that you’re doing enough when the politics and solutions needed are still nowhere in sight.
You say you hear us and that you understand the urgency, but no matter how sad and angry I am I do not want to believe that because if you really understood the situation and still kept on failing to act, then you would be evil and that I refuse to believe.”
“We will not let you get away with this. Right now is where we draw the line.”
Since the iconic moment, Greta has been awarded an ‘alternative Nobel prize’, while her ascension in the political world has drawn comparisons with a storyline in The Simpsons, making people think the animated series once again predicted a real-world event. That’s right, people are starting to tar Lisa’s fictional environmental woes in The Simpsons Movie and Greta Thunberg’s international campaigning in front of UN Climate Conferences with the same brush.
I think they’re reaching a bit with this one.
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