Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has given a Twitter response to rock icon Meat Loaf's statement that she has been "brainwashed" on climate change, writing on Monday that the environmental issue extends well beyond the two of them.
"It’s not about what some people call me. It’s not about left or right. It’s all about scientific facts. And that we’re not aware of the situation. Unless we start to focus everything on this, our targets will soon be out of reach," Thunberg tweeted, adding a Carbon Brief fact-checking spreadsheet.
It’s not about Meatloaf.— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) January 6, 2020
It’s not about me.
It’s not about what some people call me.
It’s not about left or right.
It’s all about scientific facts.
And that we’re not aware of the situation.
Unless we start to focus everything on this, our targets will soon be out of reach. https://t.co/UwyoSnLiK2
"I feel for that Greta… She has been brainwashed into thinking that there is climate change and there isn't. She hasn't done anything wrong but she's been forced into thinking that what she is saying is true," said the music artist.
Some netizens sprang to the climate activist’s defence.
I kind of understand why @GretaThunberg keeps being the target of so much online bullying... she's speaking the truth— Eduardo Garcia (@eduardo_journo) January 6, 2020
She is seen by fossil fuel billionaires as a threat to their self-enrichment, and they react by bankrolling attacks on climate science and activists like Greta.— 𝚙𝚕𝚊𝚗𝚎𝚝𝚘𝚏𝚍𝚞𝚋 🔶 (@planetofdub) January 6, 2020
She is a very brave young woman taking in the establishment! Big government deniers! Greta is a positive role model for us all! 🇨🇦— Wendy Partner (@partner_wendy) January 6, 2020
Others on social media quoted Greta Thunberg’s own words back at her, stating that, indeed, it was all about “scientific facts”.
You are correct. It *is* all about scientific facts.— Tom Nelson (@tan123) January 6, 2020
Here are three very important ones:
1. CO2 is *not* the climate control knob.
2. The weather is *not* getting worse.
3. There is no climate crisis.
Study after study shows that weather events are well with in the normal ranges and are historically low— Michael Dubreuil (@MichaelDubreu10) January 6, 2020
Man made reporting that claims everywhere is getting twice as warm as everywhere else does. It make a crisis
I started out as a casual believer in AGW, then became more & more skeptical as I dug into the alleged evidence for myself. *Many* climate skeptics have followed a similar path.— Tom Nelson (@tan123) January 6, 2020
The "climate crisis" house of cards collapses quickly with a little fact-checking. #ClimateTwitter
Greta made it all about her from the very start. There is no climate crisis & there is no scientific proof of a climate crisis. Any belief in a pending extinction/apocalypse is climate change cultism like we see with extinction rebellion. pic.twitter.com/2vsB0BpuDF— Dr. Sundance (@0Sundance) January 6, 2020
Many social media comments repeated previous words addressed to the climate activist teen to “go back to school”.
So go back to school, instead of traveling all around the world, emitting CO2 and learn about how does the climat works.— Ewa Zajączkowska (@EwaZajaczkowska) January 6, 2020
Greta go back to school honey. The sun dictates weather. Not Co2 that is facts.— Kris Chandler (@KrisChandler5) January 6, 2020
When ever I question my path in life - I always look to a highschool drop out funded by Soros to give me advice.— Mark Schmalz 🇨🇦 (@mark_schmalz) January 6, 2020
Gonna sit alone and shame myself all day now. (Just doing my part! 👍)
@GretaThunberg owes it to the public to comment on the letter to the United Nations from 500 leading scientists stating that there is no climate crisis, arguing it point by point.pic.twitter.com/QWLV6cwyr2— Bill Heller (@noturbine) January 6, 2020
"It’s all about scientific facts."— Rainer42 Klarname (@Rainer42) January 7, 2020
I wish it were true. Sadly, it isn't.
Don't worry, though: Everybody is wrong at 17. I was, too.
Teen Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who has argued the case for climate issues since her first strike outside the Swedish parliament in August 2018, was thrown into the spotlight after her impassioned plea for action at the UN General Assembly Climate Action Summit in New York in September 2019.
While Thunburg's activism has earned her accolades among those who believe anthropomorphic climate change, which contributed to her being named Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2019, she has been repeatedly criticised by many high-profile figures, who have deplored her approach as too confrontational, divisive, and at times misinformed.
Still others insist that her notoriety was manufactured by the green movement, and denounced her for doing things such as crossing the ocean in a multi-million dollar zero-emissions yacht, despite the option being effectively out of reach for all but the wealthiest travellers.