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    Piers Corbyn, brother of UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, has previously spoken of climate activist Greta Thunberg as an “ignorant, brainwashed child” while tweeting that MPs needed to “listen to climate scientists”.

    UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s brother has been slammed online for a Twitter post where he shared an image of teen climate activist Greta Thunberg next to a swatstika, against a green and white background instead of the red-and-white used in Nazi Germany.

    Piers Richard Corbyn, a 72-year-old weather forecaster and climate change sceptic who owns the forecasting website WeatherAction, shared a string of tweets in a bid to “debunk” the theory of man-made climate change.

    In one part of the Twitter posts, Corbyn shared a video of himself arguing with a crowd of people attending the Youth Strike 4 Climate rally last week in Bristol, where Greta Thunberg gave a speech.

    In the video he argues vehemently with what he called “GretaGoons”.

    ​The Twitter posts by Piers Corbyn sparked a swift response on social media, as many found his use of the swastika alongside the image of the young activist offensive.

    Sky News host, Julie Hartley-Brewer, tweeted a response, requesting that Corbyn delete his post:

    ​Other users were also quite emphatic.

    ​Other users applauded the weather forecaster’s stance and his view of Greta Thunberg.

    ​Tens of thousands of people, many of them children, joined the climate strike headed by climate activist Greta Thunberg in Bristol city centre on 28 February, as the 17-year-old lashed out at governments and media, saying:

    “Once again they sweep their mess under the rug for us – young people, their children – to clean up for them. We must continue and we have to be patient. Remember that the changes required will not happen overnight.”

    A firm sceptic regarding climate change, weather forecaster Piers Corbyn has frequently stated that the anthropogenic contribution to global warming is minimal, compared with an increase in temperature is due to increased solar activity. In 2008 Corbyn stated that "CO2 has never driven, does not drive and never will drive weather or climate”.

    Swedish teenager and environmental activist Greta Thunberg speaks during a Fridays for Future rally, in Rome, Friday, April 19, 2019. Thunberg was in Rome to headline Friday's school strike, the growing worldwide youth movement she spearheaded, demanding faster action against climate change.
    © AP Photo / Alessandra Tarantino
    Swedish teenager and environmental activist Greta Thunberg speaks during a Fridays for Future rally, in Rome, Friday, April 19, 2019. Thunberg was in Rome to headline Friday's "school strike," the growing worldwide youth movement she spearheaded, demanding faster action against climate change.

    17-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg, who left school in 2018, driven by a need to raise people’s awareness about the effects of climate change, began by staging lone protests on the streets of Sweden, including in front of the Swedish Parliament.

    Her campaign has since grown to encompass millions of people across the world, and she has had the opportunity to express her stance at major summits and conferences, including the United Nations, where she rebuked world leaders for lack of action. The activist was named 2019 Person of the Year by Time magazine.

    Climate activist Greta Thunberg with environmentalist protesters in the ancient Hambach Forest, Germany
    © AP Photo / Mstyslav Chernov
    Climate activist Greta Thunberg with environmentalist protesters in the ancient Hambach Forest, Germany

    She has since been nominated for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.

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