"How dare you!" are the poignant words of pioneering climate change activist, Greta Thunberg, who addressed world leaders at the U.N. Climate Summit on Monday night. Her powerful, stinging speech brought home the reality of the sheer ignorance of our world leaders when it comes to climate change, and their inability to do anything about it, or even see it as an issue in the first place.
During the event, Thunberg crossed paths with Donald Trump. As you can imagine, she isn't exactly his biggest fan and shot him the most amazing death stare we think we've ever seen. In fact, it was so good, that it's become a bit of an internet sensation.
This week, Thunberg has taken down all her haters in an incredible Twitter thread. And now, an unlikely face has stepped into the debate - with a pretty out-there offer.
Greta Thunberg has become the face of the youth climate change movement.
Just a year ago, she was relatively unknown.
via: TwitterGreta would regularly sit on her own outside Swedish parliament, first staging a "School Strike for Climate" in August last year. In the weeks leading up to the country’s general election, Thunberg sat on the steps outside of the parliament building in Stockholm, holding up the now-iconic sign that read “Skolstrejk För Klimatet" — translating to “school strike for climate."
The teen sat outside the building during school hours for 3 weeks.Paris Agreement. By sacrificing her education to protest for action, the teen began to conjure up attention and gain traction online.
Her unwavering commitment to the environment has woken the rest of the world.
Thunberg is known for delivering blistering, matter-of-fact speeches about the urgency of what she calls the "climate crisis."
Her message is clear: we need to act now.According to the United Nations, humanity has under twelve years to prevent a climate change crisis. A report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) at the end of 2018 called for immediate “unprecedented changes" to all aspects of society.
If we do not act, the future, if there is one at all, will be very bleak.
Thunberg has gone to great lengths to fight her cause.
Little by little, her trailblazing activism seems to be sinking in.Live Kindly, earlier this year, Mohammed Barkindo — the secretary-general of OPEC (the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) — acknowledged public opinion surrounding the climate crisis as a threat to the oil industry.
And her youth school strike movement is growing on a mass scale.
But, Thunberg's movement has been met with waves of criticism.
But her critics don't phase her...
On my way to the United Nations. Today I’m speaking in the General Assembly at the Climate Action Summit. This is s… https://t.co/MXRAyXjec0— Greta Thunberg (@Greta Thunberg)1569243289.0
The event is dedicated to world leaders sharing climate solutions and new pledges for climate action.
As she spoke, the teen got visibly emotional.
via: YouTube"People are suffering. People are dying. 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!" She continued: "How dare you continue to look away and come here saying that you are 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 don’t want to believe that. Because if you fully understood the situation and still kept on failing to act, then you would be evil. And I refuse to believe that."
She concluded with a poignant message: change is coming, whether you like it or not.
via: YouTube"You are failing us. But the young people are starting to understand your betrayal. The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us, I say: We will never forgive you. "We will not let you get away with this. Right here, right now is where we draw the line. The world is waking up. And change is coming, whether you like it or not."
After her speech, the teen activist happened to cross paths with Donald Trump in the lobby.
I’ll tell you one thing Greta Thunberg does not have and that’s a future in professional poker. https://t.co/cAznzjWbeW— 🏳️🌈 Max 🏳️🌈 (@🏳️🌈 Max 🏳️🌈)1569308707.0
The video has gone viral online.When faced with one of the world's most powerful leaders, Thunberg remains fearless, and her death stare has become a somewhat internet sensation.
As you'd expect, Donald Trump had something to say about the whole thing.In usual Trump-style, he took to Twitter to seemingly mock the teen, writing "She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!" above a video of her speech.
His swipe radiated sarcasm.
@realDonaldTrump The President of the United States making a sarcastic, snide comment to make fun of a 16-year-old… https://t.co/GOHBf2wpum— Eugene Gu, MD (@Eugene Gu, MD)1569296379.0
Watch her full speech below:And now Thunberg has responded to her critics in an absolutely incredible Twitter thread.
She started by addressing the hate.
Here we go again... As you may have noticed, the haters are as active as ever - going after me, my looks, my clothe… https://t.co/y7ZwCfhZW4— Greta Thunberg (@Greta Thunberg)1569437083.0
She has a theory as to why.
It seems they will cross every possible line to avert the focus, since they are so desperate not to talk about the… https://t.co/gsE9LWWj3k— Greta Thunberg (@Greta Thunberg)1569437207.0
She also made this point.
I honestly don’t understand why adults would choose to spend their time mocking and threatening teenagers and child… https://t.co/JPZ0S3pcDZ— Greta Thunberg (@Greta Thunberg)1569437239.0
But she ended her thread with a message of hope.
But don’t waste your time giving them any more attention. The world is waking up. Change is coming wether they like… https://t.co/4UJ2ciVt2k— Greta Thunberg (@Greta Thunberg)1569437329.0
And her thread has affirmed something else.
@GretaThunberg Go Greta go...I am 67 years old and I am proud to stand behind you...thank you for what you do for our world, our home.— Zana Mason..Animal lover, critical thinker,Resist. (@Zana Mason..Animal lover, critical thinker,Resist.)1569459176.0
Some pointed this out.
@GretaThunberg Same energy! https://t.co/MV6KkfD6Ne— Darth Vegan ⓥ (@Darth Vegan ⓥ)1569437145.0
Many voiced their support.
@GretaThunberg You are an inspiration. Those of us with an ounce of intelligence recognize that you’re doing this t… https://t.co/h0POcUY0vs— Emma Vigeland (@Emma Vigeland)1569439852.0
And many pointed this out.
@GretaThunberg You stand more for the ideals of America than nearly every member of this administration and nearly everyone at Fox News.— Matthew Dowd (@Matthew Dowd)1569441122.0
And though she's been subject to some of the worst internet hate we've ever seen...
@GretaThunberg 2018/2019 I know you were sitting alone outside the Swedish Parliament a year ago but you are not a… https://t.co/yoadGBRKZ0— StanceGrounded (@StanceGrounded)1569445094.0
And, so far, she seems to be taking everything in her stride.What's odd is that what Thunberg is saying shouldn't really be controversial at all.
And although Trump clearly isn't her biggest fan ...There is one (ex) politician who has spoken out in support of Thunberg.
Arnold Schwarzenegger has offered his support for Thunberg.Speaking on Scandinavian talk show "Skavlan," Thunberg revealed that Schwarzenegger had a generous offer for the teenage activist.
"Arnold Schwarzenegger has offered me to lend his electric car if I want to," she revealed.
via: ShutterstockAnd although it may come to help her out one day, even Thunberg admits it was strange, calling it "one of the funniest offers I've ever received."
This isn't the first time the two have crossed paths.In May, Schwarzenegger shared a picture with Thunberg, calling himself "starstruck." We wonder if she felt the same!
Either way, it's got to feel nice for Thunberg.In a world of hate and trolling, having these big names speak out in support can only help strengthen her resolve.
At first, Schwarzenegger was offering his own car.
via: TwitterHe's long been a proponent of the more environmentally friendly electric car, and has even spoken at events about his Kreisel Electric modified H1, even calling it "his favorite car to drive."
But it was going to be too difficult to get the car from the west to east coast.
via: TeslaSo, instead, Schwarzenegger has offered to splash out on a brand new car for Thunberg: the Tesla model 3.