Greta Thunberg mocks Putin after he called her a 'poorly informed teenager'
Last month, hundreds of millions of people around the world watched 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, a teenage climate activist from Sweden, condemn world leaders for not taking enough action as far as tackling climate change is concerned.
This is the moment Greta Thunberg criticised world leaders at a climate summit at the United Nations in New York:
"People are suffering, people are dying, entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth," Thunberg said in her speech.
"How dare you continue to look away and come here saying that you're doing enough when the politics and solutions needed are still nowhere in sight," she continued. "You say you hear us and that you understand the urgency, but no matter how sad and angry I am, I do not want to believe that. Because if you really understood the situation and still kept on failing to act then you would be evil and that I refuse to believe."
Now, the bold teenager has mocked Vladimir Putin for calling her a "poorly informed teenager".
At an energy conference in Moscow, he 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."
In any case, Greta certainly isn't getting upset about being branded a "poorly informed teenager" by the Russian president - in fact, she's completely embracing it. Indeed, she has even modified her Twitter bio to include the dig.
In other Greta Thunberg news, last month, the 16-year-old was named one of four winners of the 2019 Right Livelihood Award. The honour is an immense one, not least because the award in question is known as Sweden’s ''alternative Nobel Prize''. Furthermore, each of the four winners will receive a million kronor (roughly $100,000).
Thunberg won the award "for inspiring and amplifying political demands for urgent climate action reflecting scientific facts," the Right Livelihood Foundation said in a statement, according to Reuters.