If Greta Thunberg wants to beat climate change by 2030, she needs to convince conservatives and the middle-aged, not young, metropolitan liberals. This is possible only if environmentalism sheds its exclusive association with the liberal left. While shaking young people out of their complacency and rallying passive environmentalists is laudable, this is a well-trodden path. I share many of Thunberg’s aims, but her campaign may have damaged her cause by deepening the movement’s leftist tint. A YouGov sample of nearly 150 people who said they liked her Facebook page reveals that 13% voted Conservative in 2017, while 87% opted for Labour, the Liberal Democrats or the Greens. This won’t do Thunberg much good unless Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn or the Lib Dems’ Jo Swinson pulls a rabbit out of their hat next election.
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