Friday January 24, 2020

Thunberg is a hero, but she shouldn’t get a free pass

Crass cyberbullying is never acceptable, but to curb even reasoned criticism of the climate activist’s stand is patronising

15th December, 2019
Greta Thunberg: the 16-year-old activist has put the climate crisis firmly on the political agenda. Picture: Getty

Last week, Time Magazine named her person of the year and last month, Collins Dictionary named the phenomenon she popularised, “climate strike”, word of the year. The impact of the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist, Greta Thunberg, has been extraordinary.

On Wednesday, the new European Commission announced the aim of achieving “net zero” carbon emissions for the EU by 2050. That ambition would have been unthinkable a year ago. That it is mainstream now...

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