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Scott Morrison Warns Against 'Needless Anxiety' After Greta Thunberg Speech

Scott Morrison Warns Against 'Needless Anxiety' After Greta Thunberg Speech

He said kids already have enough to be anxious and they don't need to worry about the health of the planet.

Greta Thunberg has made headlines around the world for her impassioned and emotional speech at the UN Climate Summit in New York City.

She has been mocked, criticised, celebrated and praised by people across the spectrum after telling world leaders that they have robbed her of her childhood.

While there were many who applauded the Swedish 16-year-old for ripping into powerful people, Australia's Prime Minister wasn't impressed.

"You know, I want children growing up in Australia that feel positive about their future," Scott Morrison told reporters in America.

"And I think it's important that we give them that confidence, that they will not only have a wonderful country and pristine environment to live in, but they'll also have an economy that they can live in as well.

"So I think we've got to caution against raising the anxieties of children in our country.

"Yes, we've got to deal with the policy issues and we've got to take it seriously, but I don't want our children having anxieties about these issues," he said.

"I say this as a parent, too: we've got to make sure that our kids understand the facts, but they also have the context and the perspective, and that we do not create an anxiety among children in how we talk about and deal with these very real issues."

Mr Morrison says children have enough to be anxious about already and 'needlessly' worrying about the health of the planet, as he put it, shouldn't be one of them.


Interestingly, despite the UN Climate Summit welcoming leaders from across the planet, Mr Morrison didn't attend, even though he was in the US at the time. Instead he sent Foreign Minister Marise Payne.

But this skepticism about climate change hasn't stopped Ms Thunberg in her attempt to get countries to reduce their footprint.

She told leaders at the UN: "This is all wrong. I shouldn't be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you have come to us young people for hope. How dare you. You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.

"Yet, I am one of the lucky ones. People are suffering, people are dying and 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. How dare you?

"For more than 30 years the science has been crystal clear. 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."

There was promise from a 66 countries to do more to stop the advances of climate change and 30 committed to become carbon neutral by 2050.

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Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: News, Australia, Citizen Reef, Politics