The Voice of Reason: Putin Pooh-Poohs Greta Thunberg’s UN Performance
"Go and explain to developing countries why they should continue living in poverty and not be like Sweden"
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday took aim at teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, telling an energy forum he did not share the excitement about her United Nations speech last month.
The 16-year-old Swede electrified the U.N. summit in New York when she denounced world leaders for failing to tackle climate change, unleashing the outrage felt by millions of her peers by demanding: “How dare you?”
Putin, chairing a session at an energy forum in Moscow, 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.”
U.S. President Donald Trump mocked Thunberg and Canadian Member of Parliament Maxime Bernier called her alarmist and mentally unstable. Thunberg said their mockery of children showed her message had become “too loud to handle”.
Putin said young people who paid attention to environmental issues should be supported, adding: “But when someone is using children and teenagers in personal interests, it only deserves to be condemned.
“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.”
Inspired by Thunberg’s solitary weekly protest outside the Swedish parliament a year ago, millions of people have poured onto the streets around the globe to demand governments take emergency action on climate change.
Thunberg told the U.N. conference: “This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean yet you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you?.
“You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words,” she said.
Earlier this week, a member of the Russian lower house of parliament, the Duma, invited Thunberg to Russia to deliver a speech.
When Greta claims her childhood was stolen, so what about the children in Yemen, Syria or Donbass, who have to hide to not be hit by bombs? What about the children, who are working as slaves under really bad conditions beyond imagination of that Swedish girl? As an example, children in cobalt mines, who are suffering for our good feeling to drive an electric car for the sake of clean air… in Europe?
I don’t want to deny that she’s a honest girl, however, she is too fanatic, and she is misused by her parents and other persons, which certainly will worsen her mental illness. It is time to save her from ruin.
When did anyone, in the history of mankind, go running to kids for HOPE! Teenagers brains are not even fully formed, that’s why I excuse some of their shenanigans.
It is the money and the huge profits behind this holy hoax.
Well, believe it or not, world leaders, a safe world and prosperity can happen at the same time…you just have to be innovative! You beat Mother Nature to a pulp and you will have no one to enjoy all the money you have made on polluting her. There are renewable resources that can be used instead of the ghastly climate destroying ones….yes, there is really such a thing! Get on it before it is too late!
PS! Putin and Trump shouldn’t even be commenting on this young girl’s speaking to the truth….they have got business to attend to don’t they?!?
“Well, believe it or not, world leaders, a safe world and prosperity can
happen at the same time…you just have to be innovative!”
what would your innovative ideas be?
Environmental collapse and even potential catastrophic climate changes are real problems! About the Greta Thunberg show? Watch Polly Boiko roast her: https://youtu.be/LDXptrGhy2M
Yeh, we’ll all laugh our behinds off while the earth is burning and there is no way out….remember: Mother Nature bats last!!
I agree and so does Polly Boiko if you listen closely. Cheers.
I can’t believe people are talking about a kid eating food and trying to make a sarcasm out of the kid’s behavior. Well f*ck you very much ^_^
what’s the carbon footprint for those ripe bananas?
ohhh, they grow them in sweden?
Yeap, correct. Best time to harvest bananas in Sweden is around Christmas.
She makes up for it by eating vegan salad (whatever that’s supposed to mean) 🙂
salad full of soybeans out of the amazon rainforest recently torched.
Oh please, all of you negative commenters, give it up and get something done to help the environment…no personal comments necessary here
ok, if you’re not happy about the swedish bananas maybe you’d like this positive suggestion.
“Save the Planet. Eat the Children”
Well, Putin and i finally agree on something.