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Greta Thunberg Says Activists Will Continue To Skip School And Work

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Greta Thunberg Says Activists Will Continue To Skip School And Work

Greta Thunberg has hit out at world leaders who don't take young people seriously, saying the strikes that are happening globally will continue.

In what appears to be a response to Donald Trump's sarcastic tweet earlier this week Greta said she doesn't 'understand why grown-ups would choose to mock children and teenagers for just communicating and acting on the science when they could do something good instead'.

She said: "We've become too loud for people to handle so people want to silence us. We should also take that as a compliment.

"We will do everything in our power to stop this crisis from getting worse even if that means skipping school or work."

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Climate strikes are continuing around the world. Credit: PA
Climate strikes are continuing around the world. Credit: PA

She added: "The people have spoken. And we will continue to speak until our leaders listen and act. We are the change and change is coming."

Greta met with the French president amid a fresh wave of strikes against climate change in which young people are hoping to get the governments and corporate bodies of the world to take immediate action to stop the issue progressing.

In Canada, Thunberg met Trudeau, who praised her activism on climate change.

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"She is the voice of a generation, of young people who are calling on their leaders to do more and do better," Trudeau said. "And I am listening."

Earlier this week, Donald Trump chose to try to belittle Greta after the 16-year-old spoke in front of UN officials about climate change.

Although Donald Trump decided that taking notice of Greta Thunberg's pleas to address the climate change crisis didn't fit into his busy schedule, he instead decided the best way to deal with Thunberg's call to action was to share a sarcastic tweet about the young activist with his 64.7 million followers.

Quote tweeting a video in which Wired reported on environmental activist Greta's UN speech, the 73-year-old hit peak president of the United States.

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Wired captioned their coverage of Greta's speech: "'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 fairytales of eternal economic growth.'"

It read: "She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!"

Greta changed her bio to troll Trump. Credit: Twitter
Greta changed her bio to troll Trump. Credit: Twitter

Rather than try to respond to him, she changed her Twitter bio to: "A very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future."

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It's not the first time the two have had a run in.

Earlier this week we saw a bit of a stand-off between Greta and Trump, who were both in New York for the UN Climate Action Summit - with the teenager seen glowering at the president as he walked past, before he addressed the media.

Although Trump did come along to the summit, he actually only stayed for one speech, missing Greta's.

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Amelia Ward
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