Greta Thunberg calls out Chinese state-run media for ‘fat-shaming’ her in a scathing article that questioned her veganism

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Swedish founder of the “School Strike for Climate” movement Greta Thunberg speaks on the sidelines of talks between representatives of the movement and German Chancellor in Berlin on August 20, 2020.

  • An article in the China Daily accused Greta Thunberg of lying about being a vegetarian.
  • The China Daily is a newspaper owned by the propaganda department of China’s ruling Communist Party.
  • She responded on Twitter by calling being a “fat-shamed” a “pretty weird experience.”
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Greta Thunberg has called out Chinese state media for “fat-shaming” her in a scathing article that questioned her vegetarianism, the Independent reported.

The article published last week by the China Daily, a newspaper owned by the propaganda department of the ruling Chinese Communist Party, implied that the 18-year-old climate activist was lying about her meat-free diet.

“Although she claims to be vegetarian, judging from the results of her growth, her carbon emissions are actually not low,” wrote the China Daily journalist Tang Ge.

Thunberg, who is a vegan, responded to the article on Twitter on Friday. She described how being “fat-shamed” by a wing of the Chinese government was a “pretty weird” experience.

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“Being fat-shamed by Chinese state-owned media is a pretty weird experience even by my standards,” Thunberg wrote. “But it’s definitely going on my resume.”

The climate activist has been heavily critiqued by the China Daily since posting a tweet on May 7 calling on China to do more to help address the climate crisis, Vice News reported.

She was previously attacked in China for supporting the poster boy of Hong Kong pro-democracy protest movement, Joshua Wong, Vice said.

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Climate activist Greta Thunberg tells Congress ‘subsidizing fossil fuel’ companies is a ‘disgrace’

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Greta Thunberg speaks at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York, New York on September 23, 2019.

  • Greta Thunberg said subsidizing the fossil fuel industry is a “disgrace” during a congressional hearing.
  • President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan includes a detail aimed at rolling back US financial support of fossil fuels.
  • The Swedish climate activist said ending fossil fuel subsidies is the “very minimum” the US can do to combat the climate crisis.
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Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg called subsidies for fossil fuel companies a “disgrace” during a congressional hearing on Thursday.

The 18-year-old climate activist testified before a House oversight committee on Earth Day to discuss the impact of the fossil fuel industry on the environment, saying that subsidizing fossil fuels is “clear proof that we have not understood the climate emergency at all.”

“It is the year 2021, the fact we are still having this discussion and even more that we are still subsidizing fossil fuels using taxpayer money is a disgrace,” she said.

Thunberg’s advocacy to address the climate crisis sparked a global movement, inspiring millions of people – including students who walked out of school – to protest and demand action on combatting climate change.

President Joe Biden’s $2.3 trillion vast infrastructure plan includes a detail aimed at rolling back US financial support of fossil fuels, which would bring in $35 billion to the federal government over a decade, The Guardian reported.

During the congressional hearing, Thunberg said putting an end to subsidizing fossil fuel companies is the “very minimum” the US should do in an effort to combat the climate crisis, otherwise lawmakers would have to “explain to your children why you are surrendering on the 1.5 C target, giving up without even trying.”

“Unlike you, my generation will not give up without a fight,” she said. “How long do you honestly believe that people in power like you will get away with it? How long do you think you can continue to ignore the climate crisis without being held accountable?”

“Young people today will decide how you will be remembered, so my advice for you is to choose wisely,” Thunberg added.

Rep. Ralph Norman, a Republican from South Carolina on the committee, said “the left has resorted to fear tactics on climate change.”

Thunberg replied saying she does not want people to panic but instead, she wants people to “get out of their comfort zones” when it comes to the climate crisis.

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Greta Thunberg says she is skipping the UN’s climate change conference, citing vaccine inequality between rich and poor nations

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Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg speaks at the ‘Friday Strike For Climate’ on March 6, 2020, in Brussels, Belgium.

Climate activist Greta Thunberg said she is skipping the UN’s climate change conference, citing vaccine inequality between rich and poor nations.

She tweeted on Friday: “Of course I would love to attend the Glasgow #COP26 But not unless everyone can take part on the same terms.”

“Right now many countries are vaccinating healthy young people, often at the expense of risk groups and front line workers (mainly from global south, as usual…).”

“Inequality and climate injustice is already the heart of the climate crisis. If people can’t be vaccinated and travel to be represented equally that’s undemocratic and would worsen the problem.

“Vaccine nationalism won’t solve the pandemic. Global problems need global solutions.”

“But if current trends continue and the #cop26 has to be delayed that doesn’t mean we have to delay the urgent action required.”

“We don’t have to wait for conferences nor anyone or anything else to dramatically start reducing our emissions. Solidarity and action can start today.”

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