Opinion No, Greta Thunberg is not as important as Trump

20:30  21 january  2020
20:30  21 january  2020 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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Greta Thunberg is the Swedish teenager who skipped school and inspired an international movement to fight climate change. She has become a leading voice, inspiring The elder of two girls, she says she learned about climate change when she was eight, but that her parents were not climate activists.

Greta Thunberg has said she wouldn’t have wasted her time talking to Donald Trump about climate change at the UN climate change summit in New York earlier this year – the Thunberg ’s comments came several weeks after Trump attacked her for being named Time magazine’s person of the year.

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Whatever you think of her political views, Greta Thunberg is an impressive young lady. She travels the world advocating for action on an issue she cares deeply about. And she has a good sense of humor.

But I have a question: Why are we comparing Thunberg's import to that of President Trump?

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Every time the two cross paths, we're inundated with media analysis that treats Thunberg's statements as though they're equally as significant as those made by Trump. I get that some of this is quite amusing. Numerous media outlets posted her scowling reaction to Trump's arrival at the United Nations last September, for example. I have no problem with that. Rather, my concern is when the media inflate Thunberg's importance on the world stage.

We saw that on Tuesday when Trump and Thunberg separately addressed the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. ABC News previewed the two speeches with its headline observation, "All eyes on potential Trump vs Greta Thunberg showdown at Davos." The coverage grew after the two had spoken.

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The teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg said it would have been a waste of time for her to discuss climate change with President Donald Trump , citing Trump , who in November formally notified the UN that he's withdrawing the US from the Paris climate accord, has referred to climate change as a

Greta Thunberg has told US politicians that they're not doing enough to combat climate change. "We want our kids to be engaged in the world around them, so we don't think it's fair to criticise students for holding a peaceful protest about an issue as important as this," a government spokesman told The

A BBC News headline proclaimed, "Davos: Trump decries climate 'prophets of doom' with Thunberg in audience." The outlet then analyzed Thunberg's own speech to the forum with the same detail as it did for Trump's. A similar response came from the New York Times, which offered paragraphs on Thunberg in its report on Trump's speech, as well as an entirely separate report on Thunberg's own remarks. The Guardian's headline told readers, "Davos 2020: Greta demands climate action but Trump blasts pessimists." CNN, CNBC, and Reuters, were just three others that did much the same.

It's quite silly to treat Thunberg in such a way. Yes, she has gotten some world leaders to meet with her, and the media love her. But Thunberg is not the prime minister of her native Sweden. Trump is the leader of the most powerful nation on Earth. Each of his statements offers insight into policies that have profound relevance for the global economy, global security, and any other issue Trump is addressing. At the practical level of policy, Thunberg is just a 17-year-old with a large soapbox.

So yes, praise Thunberg's commitment to her cause. But let's stop pretending these two voices are equally relevant.

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