Greta Thunberg says meeting Trump would have been a waste of time
Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has remained a leading light in urging the world to take action against the climate change crisis, after condemning world leaders for not doing enough to combat climate change in September at the now-famous United Nations climate summit.
Recently, in fact, she had an interview with BBC radio’s Today program, for which she was the guest editor on Monday. As part of the interview, Thunberg discussed her thoughts on President Donald Trump and said that trying to reason with him would have "wasted her time".
Trump has been known to question the climate crisis and is pulling the United States out of the 2015 Paris Agreement on global warming.
This is the moment Greta Thunberg criticized world leaders at a climate summit at the United Nations in New York:
At the summit, the 16-year-old spotted President Donald Trump and appeared to give him what has since been referred to as a "death stare".
When Thunberg was asked, as part of the BBC interview, what she would have said to President Trump if they had spoken, she replied: “Honestly, I don’t think I would have said anything because obviously he’s not listening to scientists and experts, so why would he listen to me? So I probably wouldn’t have said anything, I wouldn’t have wasted my time.”
When Thunberg was named Time magazine's Person of the Year earlier this month, Trump responded to the decision by branding it "ridiculous" and suggesting that Thunberg has an anger management problem.
"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!"
“Those attacks are just funny because they obviously don’t mean anything,” Thunberg said in the BBC radio interview. “I guess of course it means something - they are terrified of young people bringing change which they don’t want - but that is just proof that we are actually doing something and that they see us as some kind of threat.”
The young activist began protesting outside Swedish parliament about a year ago. Inspired by the young activist, millions of young people from all over the world have taken to the streets to demand that their governments take action in the fight against climate change.