‘Mass hysteria’: German lawmakers warn Greta Thunberg’s climate activism threatens rational debate
In a provocative speech at the UNGA Climate Action Summit on Monday, 16-year-old Thunberg accused world leaders of stealing her “dreams” and her “childhood” by not doing enough to combat climate change.
“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!” she sermonized.Also on rt.com Stop creating a generation of depressed, French minister urges Greta Thunberg
The headline-grabbing Swedish activist also filed a formal complaint at the UN against Germany, France, Brazil, Argentina, and Turkey for failing to do enough to safeguard the environment for future generations.
While her performance at the UN received accolades from Germany’s left-wing parties, conservative lawmakers raised alarm over Thunberg’s incendiary approach.
MP Roderich Kiesewetter, a member of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), said that Thunberg was attempting to bully those who seek respectful, fact-based dialogue about environmental issues.
„Ihr habt meine Kindheit gestohlen“. Emotionale Greta Thunberg klagt vor UN an. Wer da rational argumentieren will, ist von vornherein schon diskreditiert. Das ist die neue „Qualität“ mangelnden Willens zur Sachlichkeit. Bitter. https://t.co/zOa5rrXZYG— Roderich Kiesewetter (@RKiesewetter) September 23, 2019
“Anyone who wants to argue rationally is already discredited from the outset,” he wrote, adding that objectivity was being thrown out the window.
Another CDU deputy, Jana Schimke, accused Thunberg of spreading “incipient mass hysteria.”
Gerd Müller, the minister of economic cooperation and development, noted in response to the activist’s fighting words that “climate protection does not start with Greta Thunberg.”Also on rt.com Thunberg vs Trump: Showdown at UNGA sparks memes & snark
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