Greta Thunberg is looking forward to going back to school and becoming a “normal teenager”. The 16-year-old climate-change activist has been taking a gap year during which she has addressed world leaders at international conferences in the US and Europe and sailed back and forth across the Atlantic in yachts to avoid flying. But she said she wants to have a normal life and is looking forward to returning to lessons with other teenagers in August.
Times 30th Dec 2019 read more »
For the BBC to give a whole edition of the Today programme over to Greta Thunberg, the admirable but entirely symbolic figurehead of the green movement, and then FLY to Stockholm to talk to her, was surely the most cloth-eared broadcasting decision since Prince Andrew said, “I think I’ll just go on television and clear this mess up once and for all.” Greta does not know anything that we do not know or say anything that we have not heard, she just feels it all more strongly than the rest of us and lives by the rules that most of her fans signally fail to observe. She is about turning intentions into actions. So for a Radio 4 team to go bundling off to Sweden for its Christmas jolly by jet plane, swilling gin and tonics, scarfing handfuls of stale nuts, checking in endless cases of audio equipment and belching out half a tonne of CO2 per person, is not only laughable but insensitive in the extreme. It’s like going to interview the Chief Rabbi about antisemitism dressed as a ham sandwich.
Times 31st Dec 2019 read more »
Greta Thunberg’s father has opened up about how activism helped his daughter out of depression but still worries about how she will deal with the impact of her international fame.
Guardian 30th Dec 2019 read more »
Greta Thunberg was the “guest editor” on Radio 4’s Today programme his morning. Unfortunately, much of the ensuing debate will be about her, not what she said. Indeed, we seem determined not to focus on the problem of climate change itself — and will seize upon any distraction in order not to do so. That applies as much to the ultra-greens as it does to the denialists — with the former peddling grotesquely exaggerated versions of the actual problem, which only serves to provide fuel for the latter. Miss Thunberg, however, is assiduous in sticking to the mainstream science — and even then the most likely projections not the worst-case scenarios. She effectively communicates the fact that our best-available understanding on the subject is worrying enough. But very soon the agenda needs to move on from the problem to the solutions. That’s the balance we really need to see from the broadcasters — as opposed to offsetting Thunberg on Monday with Charles Moore on Saturday. To live up to its name, the Today programme should give a platform to someone like Michael Liebreich, who can speak with authority about the clean tech companies who are changing the world right now by bringing down the price of low carbon energy.
Unherd 30th Dec 2019 read more »