There’s precious little solace we can take as unusually ferocious bushfires ravage Australia, but watching one of the most powerful men on Earth have his ego stomped by a climate-campaigning teen provides a brief respite.
We are, of course, talking about US President Donald Trump, whose near pathological desire to recognised as Time’s Person of the Year, every year, was quashed overnight by 16-year-old Greta Thunberg.
In case you’ve had your head buried in the
ash sand for the last year, Thunberg was recognised as the magazine’s most influential figure of 2019 for her tireless calls for people like Trump to please, please make significant cuts to global carbon emissions.
That rankled Trump, the magazine’s 2016 winner who also once ordered a mock-up Time cover and hung it in a Trump resort. In a transparent act of projection, Trump accused Thunberg of having an “Anger Management” problem and suggested she “go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend.”
So ridiculous. Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill! https://t.co/M8ZtS8okzE
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2019
Extremely normal behaviour, obviously. But, because she is a teenager with an internet connection, Thunberg was able to repurpose the sledge for her own ends, changing her Twitter bio to this:
It’s not even the first time this has happened, either.
We need to address the fact that this childish tit-for-tat will not solve the most pressing issues of climate degradation, but it does indicate, once again, that the folks with the power to enact the change needed to mitigate the worst effects of climate change would rather debase themselves online.