Greta Thunberg, a Swedish 16-year-old climate change activist who rose to stardom after her speech to Swedish parliament, has cancelled her plan to speak at Quebec’s National Assembly on September 27th. She crossed the Atlantic earlier last month, to make up for the 15-day boat journey across the Atlantic.
The young activist made the decision due to the pollution generated by air travel. Thunberg made this trip in preparation for the ONU Climate Summit on September 23rd which she will be attending in addition to multiple other speaking engagements.
American President Donald Trump mocked 16-year-old Greta Thunberg on Twitter Thursday after she was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year.
“So ridiculous,” Trump tweeted. “Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!”
In response, Thunberg updated her Twitter bio, noting that she was working on her anger management problems and watching a movie with a friend.
Trump’s son also commented on the selection of Thunberg, arguing that individuals like the Hong Kong protestors deserved the honour far more.
“Time leaves out the Hong Kong Protesters fighting for their lives and freedoms to push a teen being used as a marketing gimmick,” he wrote. “How dare you?”
Greta Thunberg, a 16-year old Swedish teen who became a globally recognized face for her fight against climate change, has been named Time’s Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2019.
“She became the biggest voice on the biggest issue facing the planet this year, coming from essentially nowhere to lead a worldwide movement,” Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal told “TODAY,” adding that Thunberg is the magazine’s youngest choice ever to be named Person of the Year.
Thunberg has notably campaigned on the idea that oil and gas companies including nations such as Canada and Norway which maintain large industries are actively violating the rights of children worldwide.
Last year, Time picked The Guardians of the War on Truth as its “Person of the Year”, which included one news organization and four journalists who paid a heavy price for freedom.
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Greta Thunberg has joined up with 15 more young climate activists. They have claimed that Canada and Norway are violating the rights of children throughout the world with their oil and gas production.
The activist’s claim that the higher output of fossil-fuel production violates the countries obligations in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Hausfeld LLP released a statement noting that the youths have sent letters to both Canada and Norway addressing the countries’ fossil-fuel production. The letter contrasted the plan with the two countries’ self-proclaimed titles of leaders in climate change.
In the letter to Trudeau dated Dec. 10, it says, “Canada must apply its international climate leadership to all domestic action,” the letter also says, “It must demonstrate how a major fossil fuels producer and exporter can transition away from these pollutants, blazing a trail for other fossil fuel-reliant economies to follow.”
The letter covers Canada’s Line 3 pipeline that stretches from Alberta to Wisconsin as well as the Trans Mountain pipeline. Canada’s oil production could be raised 10 percent by the addition of the Line 3 pipeline alone.
The letter also says that Canada “must end the development and export of new oil and gas reserves, and set a plan to quickly phase out existing production fields,” and adds, “It must stop prioritizing short-term economic gains over the future of its children and all children around the world.”
The letter requested that Trudeau deliver a response in the following two weeks. The request was sent to Jonathan Wilkinson who is the new environment minister for Trudeau.
Wilkinson’s spokesperson, Moira Kelly, wrote an email saying, “Young people and Canadians across the country are counting on us for accelerated action on climate change,” she added, “We hear them, and all of the Canadians who sent a clear message this election, that continuing to fight climate change needs to be a priority.”
“We know we need to make a transition to a cleaner economy and we know that this will not happen overnight,” said Kelly, “We are committed to taking thoughtful solutions with Canadians to ensure that the clean economy is affordable for everyone.”
In 2018, Canada pumped more oil than Iraq, OPEC’s second largest supplier, according to data from BP Plc. By 2040, crude output is projected to increase by close to 50 percent, according to Canada Energy Regulator.
Time Magazine has released its five-person shortlist for Person of the Year. Two names on that list are surely household at this point—Donald Trump and Greta Thunberg.
The other three “people” are U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the anonymous CIA official who began kickstarting the impeachment proceedings and the Hong Kong protesters.
The two names getting the most attention, of course, is the aforementioned U.S. president and presently the most well-known climate change activist on the planet.
It’s the first time Greta Thunberg has been nominated and a fifth time for Trump. The president has managed to make the shortlist every year since 2015 even winning the title in 2016 on account of Time’s tradition of awarding the incoming president.
The above was a tweet from Trump dating back to 2017. Time Magazine opted to dedicate the title to the #MeToo movement and honour the women who had spoken out against sexual harassment and abuse.
Thunberg had been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize earlier this year, a feat that Trump could not claim for himself, although he has lamented his lack of nomination on several occasions. This year’s Nobel went to Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for his efforts in resolving his country’s border conflict with Eritrea.
Now the two will go head to head in all-out battle to be Person of the Year according to Time Magazine alongside the three others of course.
Personally, I’d give it to the protesters in Hong Kong who are risking their lives to stand up for democracy.
What do you think?