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Yesterday was Halloween, the time of year when people dress up as ghouls and ghosts in the hope of scaring the s*** out of friends and strangers alike.
But rather than terrifying people with a spooky costume, climate change activist Greta Thunberg took the opportunity to rile up some of her opponents who think her cause is fraudulent.
Posting a photograph on Twitter of herself alongside a placard which says 'skolstrejk för klimatet' ('school climate strike'), the 16-year-old wrote: "So today is Halloween. I don't celebrate it back home, but I thought I might give it a try. And apparently when it comes to scaring a bunch of angry climate crisis deniers - I don't even have to dress up!! #trickortreat."
So today is Halloween. I don't celebrate it back home, but I thought I might give it a try.
And apparently when it comes to scaring a bunch of angry climate crisis deniers - I don't even have to dress up!! #trickortreat pic.twitter.com/Nt6CHRU3Q8
- Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) November 1, 2019
And as sure as the glaciers are melting and tides rising, the haters wasted no time in hitting out at the young activist.
Responding to a fan whose daughter had dressed up as Thunberg for Halloween, one lovely critic said: "I don't think so. Your daughter is so cute and smiling girl. Greta, on the other hand has a very big salary and a very very annoying face."
While another added: "Hate to have to break it to you Greta, but you are the climate change denier. You seem to think that climate has never and should never change when in actuality it has always changed, that's why North America is no longer buried under miles of ice."
But the hate was certainly outweighed by the positive reactions, as fans flooded her page with messages of support.
Alongside the dozens of kids and adults dressing up as the Swede for Halloween, there were others who thanked her for trying to make a difference.
One fan said: "You're terrific! The youth of today need leaders like you. Keep it up, stay strong!"
A second commented: "LOL so funny because it's true. Hopefully, the hospitals won't be flooded with deniers suffering severe shock."
Another added: "Hey Greta, I'm a teacher at Paradise High School and I heard you were in Paradise on Monday. Sorry I missed you. I appreciate all the work you're doing."
And earlier this week, Thunberg was praised for her efforts, winning the Nordic Council's annual environment prize, which included a £40,000 ($50,000) cash reward.
However, in a shock move, she's turned it down because she says it doesn't actually help the planet.
Writing on Instagram, Greta said: "I am currently travelling through California and therefore not able to be present with you today. I want to thank the Nordic Council for this award. It is a huge honour.
"But the climate movement does not need any more awards. What we need is for our politicians and the people in power to start to listen to the current, best available science.
"The Nordic countries have a great reputation around the world when it comes to climate and environmental issues."
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