Greta Thunberg's Cheeky Clap Back To Donald Trump
Teenage Swedish activist Greta Thunberg has a particular knack for making grown adults launch into attack mode.
One such adult is US President Donald Trump, who responded to Thunberg's impassioned speech to the United Nations with mockery.
"How dare you," a visibly angry Thunberg told the UN.
"You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth."
Her speech, which was seen by tens of millions of people around the world, inspired what can only be viewed as mockery by Trump.
"She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future," he told his 64 million Twitter followers.
"So happy to see!"
Thunberg's response is one familiar to the social politics of Twitter: she changed her bio.
Previously, her Twitter bio said she was a "16-year-old climate activist with Asperger's". Now, it's quoting the US president, only in this context, it arguably reads as an end goal for her climate activism.
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Prime Minister Scott Morrison responded to Thunberg by declaring the climate change debate is putting Australian children through "needless anxiety".
“I want children growing up in Australia to feel positive about their future, and I think it is important we give them that confidence that they will not only have a wonderful country and pristine environment to live in, that they will also have an economy to live in as well," Morrison said.
“I don’t want our children to have anxieties about these issues.”
Australia was not invited to speak at the UN's climate change summit this week, with the UN calling for "only the boldest and most transformative actions" to take to the stage.
However, Morrison will be speaking at the UN on Wednesday, and reportedly plans to address the lack of awareness around Australia's action on climate change.
German chancellor Angela Merkel said she's "heard the wake-up call of youth", telling the UN her government aims to become climate neutral by 2050.
Meanwhile, Fox News issued an apology after one of its regular commentators called Thunberg a "mentally ill Swedish child", saying it had "no plans" to book podcast host Michael Knowles again.
"The comment ... was disgraceful. We apologise to Greta Thunberg and our viewers," Fox News said.
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