Teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg told a crowd of protesters that she would “put world leaders against the wall’ if they do not take immediate action on climate change.
These comments startled many people who read about it in the news this morning, as “putting leaders up against the wall,” could be interpreted as executing them by fire squad.
The comments were made while addressing a cheering crowd at a Fridays for Future protest in Turin, Italy this week.
Her speech was bleak and pessimistic, as she suggested that she believed that world leaders are attempting to run away from their responsibilities. She said that climate activists must do everything in their power to ensure that these leaders are held accountable.
Thunberg framed the issue as a generational struggle, in which the older people are living like there is no tomorrow, leaving a massive mess for the young people to clean up.
After her comments about “putting world leaders against the wall” were widely reported in the international media, Thunberg made a post on her Twitter page to clarify her remarks, saying that she was merely saying that leaders should be held accountable.
She said that her comments were misunderstood and misinterpreted by reporters.
This week, the young activist has continued her online feud with US President Donald Trump, after she was selected as the 2019 Person of the Year for TIME Magazine.
The Twitter page for Trump’s re-election campaign even posted an image which had Trump’s head photoshopped over Thunberg’s body on the TIME Magazine cover.
Donald Trump posted from his personal Twitter account that the young climate activist needed to get her “anger management” problem under control.
When it comes to keeping his promises, there's only one Person Of The Year:
— Trump War Room – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) December 12, 2019
In the past, Thunberg has called for tighter controls on the internet to prevent some of the online bullying that she has experienced. She threatened to leave social media for good if her critics weren’t silenced, but months later her profiles remain online, and so do her critics.
To her credit, Thunberg recently called the media out for giving her constant coverage while ignoring the many other activists in the same field, especially native activists who have an even deeper connection to the issue.