Despite all the good she has been doing, Swedish climate change activist, Greta Thunberg, has been met with much criticism in the past year. From prominent world leaders, all the way to Dave who works at your local Wendy's, it seems as a lot of people have a big problem with a young girl trying to have a positive impact on the world.
And now, the latest celebrity to join the list is none other than former Top Gear and The Grand Tour presenter, Jeremy Clarkson who has had some incredibly harsh words for the teenage activist...
Greta Thunberg has become the face of the youth climate change movement.
via: InstagramThe Swedish sixteen-year-old has been responsible for the global school strike movement, which began with weekly Friday school strikes to protest for climate change action.
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.
via: InstagramHer demands were that the Swedish government reduce carbon emissions in accordance with the 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.
via: InstagramWhile a little over a year ago, the name "Greta Thunberg" was relatively unknown, now, her's is the first name that springs to mind when you think of the climate change movement.
Her message is clear: we need to act now.
via: InstagramHaving whipped up a gigantic global youth movement, climate change is finally getting the attention it deserves, but Thunberg still believes that governments are the ones who still aren't listening. 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.
Thunberg has gone to great lengths to fight her cause.
via: InstagramIn July, the teen ditched environmentally damaging air travel and sailed across the Atlantic to attend the U.N. climate summits in the U.S. and Chile.
Little by little, her trailblazing activism seems to be sinking in.
via: InstagramAccording to 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.
But Thunberg's movement has been met with waves of criticism.
via: InstagramHer activism has seen her labeled "melodramatic" amongst other things, as well as others saying that she is being used as a political shield.
The teenager has been relentlessly attacked online.
via: GettyAnd not just by internet trolls - but also by political figures and celebrities alike.
President Trump being one of them.Greta has made her thoughts on the President very clear, and her death-glare went viral after they crossed paths at the U.N. Summit.
And Trump wasn't shy in responding to the video...
@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
And the latest celebrity to join in with the "I hate Greta" club is none other than Jeremy Clarkson.
via: TwitterAnother middle-aged white male... Who'd have thought it?!
Jeremy Clarkson has become somewhat of a household name in the U.K...
via: GettyThe fifty-eight-year-old gained most of his fame from presenting the British motoring show, Top Gear. He now presents the spin-off show, The Grand Tour, and also writes various columns and books - all primarily motoring based.
I know what you're thinking...
via: GettyWhat place does Clarkson have commenting on environmental issues?
He has a lot to say about it all apparently...
via: GettyBecause he has come down on Greta like a ton of bricks.
Clarkson had some strong words about the climate change activist...
via: GettyAnd has even gone as far as to label her as "dangerous."
He made his comments while he was in Australia promoting the latest season of The Grand Tour...
via: GettyIn which he took a detour from motoring and decided to address his thoughts on the climate-change activist.
Clarkson didn't hold back...
via: GettyAnd announced that he believes Thunberg is a danger to young children. "She's mad and she's dangerous and she's causing young children sleepless nights with her idiocy," he said.
He also had some strict instructions for the youngster...
via: Getty"I think she needs to go back to school and shut up."
Though this isn't the first time Clarkson has called out the teenager...Just days before his most recent outburst, Clarkson went in on Greta's actions in an interview with The Independent. "I think she's a weird Swede with a bad temper. Nothing will be achieved by sailing across the ocean in a diesel-powered yacht, and then lying about the diesel engine," he told the publication.
And he has even accused her of "killing" his car show.
via: GettyYep, the dwindling viewing numbers of The Grand Tour are apparently all Thunberg's doing.
He told The Sun:
via: Twitter"Everyone I know under twenty-five isn’t the slightest bit interested in cars – Greta Thunberg has killed the car show. They’re taught at school, before they say ‘Mummy and Daddy’, that cars are evil, and it’s in their heads."
He also added this:
via: Instagram"She’s an idiot. Going around saying we’re all going to die, that’s not going to solve anything, my dear."
His co-host Richard Hammond also agreed with him saying:
via: Instagram"I hate to say it, but I think Jeremy is right."
"How dare you stand there and lecture us, you spoilt brat."
via: InstagramWriting in his column in September, he said: “Pause for a moment to consider how soundly you sleep at night, knowing that adults are building and servicing and flying 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." To read more about someone who has actually made a difference in the fight towards climate change, keep scrolling...