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‘Trump’s climate change denial extreme’


Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg said Tuesday that US President Donald Trump’s climate change denialism was “so extreme” that it had helped galvanize the movement to halt long term planetary warming.

She spoke in an interview with Agence France-Presse (AFP) on the eve of her departure from North America where she has spent almost three months.

Davos, Graubunden, Switzerland : An image grab taken from a video from AFPTV on January 23, 2019 shows Swedish youth climate activist Greta Thunberg standing on the platform after arriving by train to Davos, in eastern Switzerland, during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting. Arriving by train — rather than a more polluting plane — to Davos on January 23, 2019, Thunberg, the Swedish 16-year-old, has galvanised protests by high-schoolers in Europe, Japan and the United States demanding stronger government action to fight global warming. / AFP / AFPTV / Eloi ROUYER AND Agnès PEDRERO

“He’s so extreme and he says so extreme things, so I think people wake up by that in a way,” the 16-year-old said from on board a sailboat preparing to depart from the East Coast town of Hampton, Virginia for Europe early Wednesday.

“I thought when he got elected, now people will finally, now people must finally wake up,” she continued. “Because it feels like if we just continue like now, nothing’s going to happen. So maybe he is helping.”

A young Australian couple have volunteered to aid her in her return journey.

Elayna Carausu, 26, and Riley Whitelum, 35, live on their catamaran with their 11-month-old boy and document their adventures on social media, and responded to Greta’s appeal for help with an environmentally friendly return trip to Europe.

They had originally planned to spend the winter in the United States but will now carry Greta and her father Svante Thunberg on their 14-meter (45 feet) catamaran, La Vagabonde.

After months of campaigning in the US and Canada, including an appearance at a key UN climate summit in September, which was the reason for her visit, she offered a lukewarm assessment on the impact.


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