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Stop Infantilizing Greta Thunberg With Claims of 'Abuse'

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In full: Climate activist Greta Thunberg rebukes world leaders | A New Climate The teenager reprimanded those who she accused of ignoring science and being too slow in their approach to tackle climate change. Watch her statement in full ...
In full: Climate activist Greta Thunberg rebukes world leaders | A New Climate The teenager reprimanded those who she accused of ignoring science and being too slow in their approach to tackle climate change. Watch her statement in full ...
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By casting Thunberg as little more than a puppet of her parents and climate activists (as satire site Babylon Bee put it, “Marionette Strings Clearly Visible During Greta Thunberg Testimony”) these authors can discredit Thunberg as a pawn, without agency, for a group of manipulative, Machiavellian adult activists.

The weaponization of mental health diagnoses, or pseudo-diagnoses, for political gain is far from a new phenomenon and is prevalent on both sides of the political spectrum. ... Condemnations of Thunberg's 'abuse' fall into the same category. They are armchair prescriptions, made by individuals who are unqualified to make such calls, without any sourcing from those close to Thunberg or mental health professionals familiar with her state of mind. 
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This "poor little girl" drama has been used in the past to sway public opinion on a given topic and hence is meeting with push back. Greta comes from a family of performer/actor parentage who undoubtedly has connections with individuals of influence who see the opportunity to make a "buck" in the climate change dilemma and see Greta as a good poster child to get some action in slowing down the changes that are taking place.

If this works we all benefit, but if it doesn't hopefully Greta will be compensated dearly for her performances.

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Dennis, I understand the pushback but those pushing back fail to see the point. The point of all of this is not Greta; the point of all this is what her message is. And since nothing is getting done in doing something after so many years, maybe a "little girl" is what is needed to make some headway in getting through those thick numskull's skulls! :)

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Have you not recognized the considerable resources behind the Greta phenomenon? Her family (apart from being remarkably weird) has been collaborating with Ingmar Rentzhog from the beginning, and Greta's appearances are carefully orchestrated. We should all recall that 16-year-olds, ourselves included, are quite capable of being convinced we know things because that's what we've been told. Unfortunately, far too many adults have forgotten this and reverted to child-like trust, when we should be exercising critical thinking. The weaponization is being done by those guiding Greta's campaign.

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This is how a true defender of the environment is treated by authority. click here There are many more examples of young people defending our Mother Earth being persecuted rather than celebrated like Greta.

When pro-establishment institutions promote a climate celebrity with gobs of money, it should raise red flags everywhere.

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Lois, your link comes back with, "Page Not Found."

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What I recognize is what she is saying is true. "Considerable resources behind the Greta phenomenon or not," I don't care. We have known of the global warming/climate change crisis a long time. Yet, nothing gets done. Adults in the know have been trying to argue the global-sizzling case to those adults that can do something about it for many years. Again, maybe a little girl is what is needed to slap some sense into thick heads that won't listen. Everyone who understands we are heading straight to a living hell followed by our own demise, should be standing strong with Greta!! Greta should be applauded and thanked time and again!!

What is your deal with Greta? Are you a climate change denier like most must be that pick on Greta?

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Ah, but that's the real problem -- the "crisis" is a manufactured one, created by those wanting more control. As Maurice Strong acknowledged (boasted?), he was a socialist by inclination and a capitalist by operation. In the latter category, he used his prodigious networking ability to get the IPCC launched and have an unelected bureaucracy carry on the promotion of human-caused climate change as a driving force for his socialist agenda.

Some others have seen through this, but most of us are too trusting to suspect such fallacy. The rest, as they say, is history. We're all worse off for it, and I fear poor Greta will suffer especially, due to her special characteristics. I'm certainly not picking on Greta, who I'm sure has as much conviction as a 16-year-old can muster. But that doesn't mean her campaign should be applauded. The Canadian federal election is on, and I attended an all-candidates meeting tonight at which a questioner told that his daughter committed suicide a few years ago due to "eco-anxiety". That's the only crisis that should alarm us. It's shameful that adults are scaring children to death, and that father seemed unaware of how his paranoia likely contributed to his daughter's sad end. Please try to escape the "global-sizzling" cult and return to the real world.

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