Almost a Messiah? Climate activist Greta Thunberg
With her appearance in Katowice Greta Thunberg has garnered worldwide attention for her environmental commitment. The 15-year-old went on strike in the summer. Instead of attending school she has called on the parliament in Stockholm to stop climate change. Greta's activities are provoking strange reactions, Sweden's press reports.
Schoolgirl being instrumentalised
The think tank Fores, which is financed by the Center Party, went too far in presenting Greta Thuber as a climate expert, Göteborgs-Posten believes:
“It's fantastic when young people take an interest in important issues. But children are not oracles or redeemers to be crowned and followed. They are vulnerable and susceptible, precisely because they're children. And they have a right to dignity and integrity. That's true regardless of how justified their views are and however much they want to be in the limelight, and irrespective of how good the cause they stand for is. If Fores gives this platform to a 15-year-old it will only strip the debate of its depth. What's more, the child is being used in an unhealthy, unethical manner.”
Children speak the truth when others fail to
The laurels with which Greta Thunberg is being decorated should be accepted with serenity, Aftonbladet recommends:
“It's common knowledge that children and drunks speak the truth. Seldom was this saying more accurate than in the case of Greta Thunberg. Her message is clear: rich countries like Sweden must reduce their emissions by at least 15 percent per year for the two-percent target to be reached. .. Limhamn Church wrote with a wink on Twitter that Jesus has appointed Greta Thunberg as his successor. Of course some saw that as inappropriate and even blasphemous. Apparently the world not only has a problem with an accelerated climate crisis but also with a lack of humour - which is almost as worrying.”