Tuesday January 28, 2020

Never mind the youthful messenger, hear the message

Greta Thunberg’s voyage to New York may be a publicity stunt, but her warning is real and we ignore it at our peril

25th August, 2019
Greta Thunberg: the reaction to her campaign against climate change has been vociferous in some quarters Getty

Her voyage is, of course, a publicity stunt. As anyone who has ever been involved in a campaign knows, clever stunts are best but timing is often the key to success. The slow news days of mid-August are usually a good time. So when 16-year-old climate action campaigner Greta Thunberg announced her intention to sail to next month’s UN Climate Action Summit in New York, media interest was guaranteed.

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