Greta Thunberg doesn’t understand ‘complex and different’ modern world, says Putin . Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday dismissed Greta Thunberg’s recent speech at the United Nations,
Where the Swedish teenage climate activist denounced world leaders for failing to combat climate change.“I may disappoint you, but I don’t share the common excitement about the speech by Greta Thunberg,” Putin said at an energy forum in Moscow, according to Reuters’s translation of his remarks.
“No one has explained to Greta that the modern world is complex and different,” Putin continued. “People in Africa or in many Asian countries want to live at the same wealth level as in Sweden.”
Putin said children who are passionate about environmental issues, like Thunberg, should be supported. But he also accused her parents of exploiting that passion.
“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.” Thunberg’s mother, Malena Ernman, is an opera singer; her father, Svante Thunberg, is an actor.
They wrote a parenting book, called “Scenes From the Heart,” that chronicles their daughter’s climate awakening.An English-language version, under the revised title “Our House Is on Fire,” is due to be published next year. “This is all wrong,” Thunberg said, reading from a piece of paper. “I shouldn’t be up here.
“People are suffering,” she continued through tears. “People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are at the beginning of a mass extinction , and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you.”
President Trump, whose administration has rolled back environmental protections and withdrew the U.S. from the Paris climate accord, seemed to mock Thunberg in a tweet that included a video clip of her speech.