Climate Speech Gains Attention


Landon Harger

Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old girl from Sweden, gave a speech at the U.N. General Assembly during the U.N. Climate Action Summit on September 23. Thunberg, who has a type of autism called Asperger’s Syndrome, has been a climate activist for some time and first gained worldwide recognition last year at the age of 15.

Thunberg has organized school strikes to bring attention to the issues of global warming and climate change. She has protested in front of Swedish Parliament and now adds several impressive audiences to her list of speaking engagements. Thunberg spoke not only to the U.N., but also to U.S. Congress, British Parliament, the pope, and many others. In May of this year, Thunberg appeared on the cover of Time magazine and is also a part of Time magazine’s 2019 Next Generation Leaders. Her speech even went on to win an Alternative Nobel Peace Prize, along with four other people, “for inspiring and amplifying political demands for urgent climate action reflecting scientific facts” according to the prize foundation.

Thunberg’s speeches are not without controversy. Some say she conjures up Nazi imagery.  Fox News issued an apology after a guest commentator, Michael Knowles, called her “a mentally ill Swedish child”. Fox has no plans to reinvite him to appear after that.