EUROPE’S richest man has branded the views of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg “demoralising.”
Bernard Arnault, 70, the owner of fashion giant Louis Vuitton Moet Hennesey, urged people to take a more “optimistic position” on the issue of climate change.
Greta Thunberg’s views have been called ‘demoralising’ by Europe’s richest man[/caption]
Asked about the Swedish schoolgirl, 16, at a sustainability event in Paris, he said: “She’s a dynamic young girl, but she’s surrendering completely to catastrophism .
“I find that her views are demoralising for young people.
“I prefer positive solutions that allow us to get towards a more optimistic position.”
Greta has become one of the world’s most high profile campaigners calling for immediate action against climate change.
Today, she blasted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau telling him he’s not doing enough on the issue of climate.
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The teen spoke with Mr Trudeau for around 15 minutes about the environment before a huge rally in Montreal.
However, she said she gave him the same dressing down she gives all world leaders.
The schoolgirl said: “My message to all the politicians around the world is the same: just listen and act on the current, best available united science.”
On Monday, Greta delivered a bombshell speech at the United Nations in New York in front of the planet’s powerbrokers.
The Swede met with Justin Trudeau today and told him he wasn’t doing enough on the issue of climate change[/caption]
This week, Greta was pictured glaring at US President Donald Trump at the United Nations in New York[/caption]
She accused powerful nations of stealing her “dreams and childhood” in the barnstorming address.
However, her speech was not well received by everyone.
US President Donald Trump appeared to mock her, tweeting: “She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!”
In response, Greta told her supporters not to give more attention to her critics who she claims are “desperate” to shift the focus from the debate.
On social media ,she wrote: “As you may have noticed, the haters are as active as ever – going after me, my looks, my clothes, my behaviour and my differences.
“They come up with every thinkable lie and conspiracy theory.
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“It seems they will cross every possible line to avert the focus, since they are so desperate not to talk about the climate and ecological crisis.
“Being different is not an illness and the current, best available science is not opinions – it’s facts.
“I honestly don’t understand why adults would choose to spend their time mocking and threatening teenagers and children for promoting science, when they could do something good instead. I guess they must simply feel so threatened by us.”
Students took to the streets across the globe in the hundreds of thousands today for a second wave of worldwide protests inspired by Greta demanding swift action on climate change.
Friday’s rallies kicked off in New Zealand, where young people marched on Parliament in Wellington, holding one of the largest protests ever held there.
Organisers in the capital were forced to change their security plans to accommodate the crowds, while thousands more marched in Auckland and other parts of the country.
On the other side of the planet, more than 100,000 rallied in Italy’s capital, Rome, where protesters held up signs with slogans such as “Change the system, not the climate” or just the word “Future.”
Marches took place in about 180 locations across Italy, including the country’s financial hub of Milan where one banner read “How dare you!” the accusation Greta levelled at world leaders.
Demonstrators march during a climate strike protest in Montreal[/caption]
Greta joins young activists at the event in Canada[/caption]
A group of environmental activists hold a protest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil[/caption]
Indian people take part in the Global Strike for Climate rally in Mumbai[/caption]
People take to the streets in Madrid in another global warming protest[/caption]
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