Greta Thunberg has said she and other young activists bear too much responsibility in the face of the climate crisis.
The 19-year-old Swedish activist said she wished some people would take “a little more responsibility” for global warming, adding: “All the hope in the world rests on the shoulders of burnt-out teenagers”.
Asked if she was the face of a global movement, Ms Thunberg said in an interview with the BBC: “It’s too much responsibility, both for me as an individual and for young people, for young people in general.
“There are a lot of people of all ages moving up, but it falls mostly on young people to do it. And it shouldn’t be like that. I just sometimes wish people would take on a little more responsibility.
“Because people always say to me, ‘Oh, it’s so hopeful when I see you guys and it gives me hope for the future, I don’t worry anymore.’ And often I keep a straight face. But then sometimes I can snap. I’ll say something like, “If you think all the hope in the world rests on the shoulders of burnt-out teenagers. I mean, that’s not very good’.”
Ms Thunberg also spoke about using her Twitter account to troll powerful people – including Donald Trump, after he tweeted that the teen should “work on her anger management problem and then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend”.
To troll the then US President, the teen changed her Twitter bio to: “A teenage girl working on her anger management problem. Chilling out for the moment and watching a good old fashioned movie with a friend.”
She told the BBC’s Amol Rajan: “I just think it’s really funny. I mean, the most powerful people in the world are intimidated by teenagers. This is funny. It says more about her than me. “
In the interview ahead of her forthcoming book, The Climate Book, the teen also addressed the actions of some activists, agreeing that “the methods some people are using are very questionable and may do more harm than good”.
However, she emphasized that “most people just have serious concerns about the future of humanity and want to do whatever they can.”
It comes after two Just Stop Oil protesters climbed to the top of the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge linking Essex and Kent on Monday, forcing police to close the road to traffic.
The latest climate action follows more than two weeks of uninterrupted civilian resistance from Just Stop Oil supporters, with protesters spray-painting orange paint over the Aston Martin showroom on Park Lane on Sunday.
Since the campaign began on April 1, its supporters have been arrested more than 1,750 times, according to Just Stop Oil.
Ms Thunberg’s interview for Amol Rajan Interviews comes just days after the young activist revealed she is not earning any income from her work as a climate activist.
She told Mr Rajan that the proceeds from her book will go to charity and said she hoped the donation would open a conversation about the causes she is helping.
https://www.independent.ie/news/environment/greta-thunberg-says-young-activists-bear-too-much-responsibility-in-face-of-climate-crisis-42075393.html Greta Thunberg says young activists bear ‘too much responsibility’ in the face of the climate crisis.