Vladimir Putin Hits Out At Greta Thunberg After Her Impassioned UN Speech

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in News, World
Published 03.10.19

Vladimir Putin has criticised 16-year-old climate change activist Greta Thunberg after she made a speech to the UN.

Having made waves in unparalleled ways, the everyone is looking to Greta Thunberg to what she’s going to do next.

Whether she makes another powerful speech to world leaders or organises a strike to catch the attention of people in charge, her supporters are at her beck and call, enamoured with her cause and passion.

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Of course, publicity like this also brings criticism, and the 16-year-old has faced her fair share of that, whether it’s from president Donald Trump, whose cavalier attitude has drawn as much hate as you may have expected, Michael Knowles who subsequently was banned from Fox News, of all places, and now the president of Russia.

Vladimir Putin has finally spoken out against the climate change activist, criticising her methods, while perpetuating the idea that she’s being used by people older than her, with selective arguments and blind idealism.


What did Vladimir Putin say about Greta Thunberg?

Chairing a session called Energy Partnership for Sustainable Growth, he said:

I may disappoint you but I don’t share the common excitement about the speech by Greta Thunberg.

No one has explained to Greta that the modern world is complex and different and… people in Africa or in many Asian countries want to live at the same wealth level as in Sweden.

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Go and explain to developing countries why they should continue living in poverty and not be like Sweden.”

The Russian president believes that adults are using children and young people – like Thunberg – as mouthpieces for their own ideologies, when they shouldn’t be involved in such matters.

He continued:

But when someone is using children and teenagers in personal interests, it only deserves to be condemned.

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I’m sure that Greta is a kind and very sincere girl. But adults must do everything not to bring teenagers and children into some extreme situations.

Whatever you think of Thunberg, the very idea that we’re talking about her when she’s a 16-year-old trying to change the world is highly impressive and admirable.


Honestly I’d feel pretty good if Putin spoke about me, even if that was to say he didn’t like my articles.

Mind you, I wouldn’t blame the man.

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