Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, 02OCT19
“Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist who spoke so passionately before the United Nations last week, is the target of a flood of online abuse and scores of misinformation and conspiracy theories. Climate change deniers seek to discredit her, climate science in general and those who speak about it. There are also numerous faked photos online showing Greta… The images also have been debunked by Snopes.
“For the record, she is NOT: mentally ill, a supporter of the Islamic State terrorist group or financier George Soros’ granddaughter. Her father does NOT live in Germany with a boyfriend and her mother is NOT a Satanic lesbian who teaches teenagers about abortion.
“Also, there’s a 99.9999% chance that humans are the cause of global warming.
“What Thunberg is, is a teenager who launched a global movement of young people fighting to make adults take climate change seriously. It began in August 2018 when she started standing — alone — in front of the Swedish parliament building in Stockholm on Fridays with a sign reading “School Strike For Climate.”
“Two weeks ago that lone protest became a global roar when as many as 4 million people, many of them teenagers, staged a climate strike in cities around the world.
“The next day, Thunberg spoke before the U.N. Climate Action Summit in New York City. In a voice full of anger and sadness, she told world leaders, “For more than 30 years, the science has been crystal clear. How dare you continue to look away?”
“The attacks against her have mostly avoided facts about climate science and instead gone after Thunberg, her family and her motives. They include doctored photos, threats of violence and conspiracy theories and attacks that range from the kooky to the absurd to the scary…”
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