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World Michelle Obama encourages Greta Thunberg after Trump slams activist

09:55  13 december  2019
09:55  13 december  2019 Source:   cbsnews.com

Activist Thunberg completes intercontinental dash to Madrid climate summit

  Activist Thunberg completes intercontinental dash to Madrid climate summit Activist Thunberg completes intercontinental dash to Madrid climate summitIn just over a year, Thunberg has inspired younger protesters in a global movement demanding action to slow the atmospheric warming that climate scientists say could ultimately endanger the survival of industrial societies.

Two things have long obsessed President Trump : Time’s person of the year and the 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg . This week they collided when Time picked her for its annual cover. It was never in doubt that the president would tweet about it. The only question was when.

On Thursday, after the 16-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg was crowned Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, Donald Trump tweeted in less than encouraging terms. Of course, Thunberg has no problem handling Trump herself.

Michelle Obama tweeted a message of support to Greta Thunberg just a day after President Trump slammed the climate change activist. "Don't let anyone dim your light," the former first lady said in a tweet directed at Thunberg, who earlier this week was named Time's 2019 Person of the Year.

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Time said it chose to honor the 16-year-old "for sounding the alarm about humanity's predatory relationship with the only home we have, for bringing to a fragmented world a voice that transcends backgrounds and borders, for showing us all what it might look like when a new generation leads."

The Story Behind TIME's 2019 Person of the Year Cover

  The Story Behind TIME's 2019 Person of the Year Cover Photographer Evgenia Arbugaeva used art references to create a portrait of Greta Thunberg on a beach in LisbonThe image was taken by Evgenia Arbugaeva, who grew up in the Russian Arctic, and makes photos of remote, quiet and unlikely beauty. “When TIME asked me to photograph Greta, I was thinking how can I make a portrait that combines gentleness and at the same time courage. How do I capture the intense, focused gaze inwards as well as outwards, which I feel is characteristic of Greta,” she says. “It was not an easy task.

U.S. President Donald Trump took aim at Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg Thursday, suggesting she Thunberg is the youngest person to win the prestigious Time magazine designation after quickly evolving into one of Michelle Obama Tells Girls to Fight Man's 'Presumption' to Power.

Barack Obama met with teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg in Washington, the former US president said Tuesday. The Obama Foundation released a video of the former president's meeting with Thunberg -- who is visiting the United States after crossing the Atlantic in an emissions-free boat.

Obama cited others, including students she met in Vietnam during a recent trip with Julia Roberts to promote girls' education.

Young female activists have recently become a major subject of discussion, with the likes of the New York Times and Vox discussing their impact.

Mr. Trump, however, took issue with someone like Thunberg being lauded by Time. He tweeted Thursday that it was "so ridiculous" for Thunberg to be recognized as the 2019 person of the year.

"Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!" he tweeted.

She quickly responded by using his own words mockingly in her Twitter profile.

Obama wasn't the first social media user to come to Thunberg's defense. Among others, actor George Takei said, "sore losers gonna be sore." Senator Bob Casey, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, criticized Mr. Trump for his "decision to mock a child – AGAIN," saying it is "beneath the office of the President and an insult to people throughout the world."

Greta Thunburg Documentary Set At Hulu, Chronicling Climate Activist’s Global Rise .
EXCLUSIVE: Sixteen-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg is the subject of Greta (working title), an original documentary, which will premiere on Hulu in 2020. The documentary is produced by Cecilia Nessen and Frederik Heinig via B-Reel Films and directed by Nathan Grossman. In August of 2018, Greta Thunberg, a 15-year-old student in Sweden starts a school strike for the climate. Her question for adults: if you don’t care about my future on earth, why should I care about my future in school? Within months, her strike evolves into a global movement. Greta, a quiet Swedish girl on the autism spectrum becomes a world famous activist.

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