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Greta Thunberg Calls Out Climate Change Deniers in French Parliament

"There is no middle ground when it comes to the climate and ecological emergency." Climate activist Greta Thunberg has a strong message to politicians who treat climate science as fiction. 🌎

"Guru of the Apocalypse"

Ahead of her speech to a group of MPs, conservative and far-right lawmakers hurled insults and said they would shun the 16-year-old, who has inspired a global network of young climate protesters. Invited by a cross-party group of politicians, Thunberg and several other children spoke to a French parliamentary committee meeting and later watched from the public gallery as parliament voted on a controversial EU-Canada trade agreement. “It’s almost like you don’t even know these numbers exist. As if you haven’t even read the latest IPCC report, on which much of the future of our civilization is depending,” Thunberg speaks out.

Two leading MPs for the conservative Les Republicans party of former President Nicolas Sarkozy had called Thunberg a “guru of the apocalypse”, “Nobel prize of fear” and other insults. One of them called on fellow MPs to boycott her speech. Recent months have seen millions of young people worldwide walk out of school on Fridays to back Thunberg’s demands for urgent action from governments to curb carbon emissions. Thunberg began a climate protest outside the Swedish parliament last August. The Fridays for Future school strike movement has since spread to more than 100 countries. A European MP for the far-right Rassemblement National said it was wrong to bring in “the Joan of Arc of climate change” while parliament is voting on the EU-Canada trade deal”.

Green activists have criticized the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) saying it undermines the European Union’s social and ecological regulations by importing products made under conditions that would not be allowed in Europe. Parliament approved the CETA agreement with a relatively small majority of 266 to 213 votes, with 69 MPS of President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist alliance either abstaining or voting against it. The alliance has a total of 349 seats in the 577-seat parliament.

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07/23/2019 9:24 PMupdated: 07/23/2019 9:29 PM
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65 comments

  • Jeff H.
    08/02/2019 08:38

    Brainwashed

  • Erin H.
    08/02/2019 06:06

    get in the mood for next week

  • Matthew B.
    07/28/2019 15:04

    Cus it's all b.s. if sea levels were going to rise 10 ft you would not be able to get a 30 year mortgage anywhere on the coast and I don't see that as an issue now anywhere in the world

  • Venkata K.
    07/28/2019 04:16

    Good to see a high school teen fighting for climate change

  • Santiago M.
    07/27/2019 03:41

    Ignorant clown Donald Trump doesn't believe in that, only in making money for big corporations

  • Daniel B.
    07/26/2019 21:33

    I’ve said it before... This girl will be remembered by future generations as the girl we should have listened to. We are not doing enough and I doubt we ever will. Why? Money. There is too much too spend and too much to lose. We need to cease all commercial flights and switch to a plant based diet. We need to stop manufacturing all unnecessary plastics. We need to switch from fossil fuels to renewables. We need to do these things now. No. We needed to do these things 20 years ago. We won’t.

  • Björn W.
    07/26/2019 20:16

    The thing is, no matter If she is wrong or right, do anyone think we can use the environment as ditch with no consequences?

  • Chần D.
    07/26/2019 20:06

    Great doctrine and propaganda!

  • Riitta E.
    07/26/2019 10:35

    Great speech 💚

  • Glen J.
    07/25/2019 21:19

    Stop exploiting this mentally ill child. Disgusting

  • Luke M.
    07/25/2019 20:30

    Patsy!

  • Brian R.
    07/25/2019 16:28

    I wonder if she read that entire report?

  • Barry M.
    07/25/2019 08:32

    Shes a paid puppet that you keep putting on a show for. Dig deep, dont just preach the 'truth'. look beyond the smoke and mirrors

  • Tom H.
    07/25/2019 02:07

    Wow so many proverbial lemming still just want t believe that everything is alright while they sit in front of their computers playing desktop scientist in their comfortable homes. Shrugging off every warning given about every global catastrophe we’re dealing with mostly because they think they won’t have to deal with any repercussions of their ignorance and inaction. I hope what’s coming hits us hard. The human race needs to be brought to its knees before it’ll grow up.

  • Ray M.
    07/25/2019 01:25

    Using children to push an agenda is not a new trick folks. Hitler did the same thing.

  • John A.
    07/25/2019 00:54

    "Mature enough"? That is a very immature statement. I am 55 years of age. I have no children. For a reason. Because I am mature... Go figure. You are arguing with (or at least about) the forces of nature as if you have or could have an effect. They are , by default, natural.You simply cannot affect such forces - and they are not all man made. I shall give you an analogy from my perspective: speaking to someone like yourself is like speaking to someone who, medically, has a terminal illness... Discuss...

  • Joey G.
    07/24/2019 23:56

    They don't exactly know the rising temperatures because they only live inside the air conditioning rooms. The time will come very soon. Don't worry my sister.

  • Lucia C.
    07/24/2019 23:36

    Genius little girl, an example 🙌

  • Kent H.
    07/24/2019 20:46

    Lmao no middle ground but they're perfectly okay receiving money from big philanthropists who co-opt movements to align with their own agenda. https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jul/12/us-philanthropists-vow-to-raise-millions-for-climate-activists

  • Helder B.
    07/24/2019 20:42

    School. She does not want to go to school. Bad example...Bad example.