Kezia Mallia, a Maltese University student, has hit back at a climate change denier for making derogatory statements on Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish activist who’s become the young face of the climate movement.
“It is absolutely saddening that my generation in particular gets a load of criticism for not being politically active and for being too apathetic in the face of crises,” Mallia started.
The young Maltese student added that there are people who “admire the passionate tone she delivered her speech with and applaud the courage it takes to speak in front of people twice or three times her own age with such confidence and solid standing.”
“Others, unfortunately, call her deranged, a puppet in her ‘failed’ parents’ control.”
“To those people I say, irrelevant of whether or not she is influenced by her parents, she has managed to create awareness, not just by delivering speeches, but also by acting on them when sailing to New York, rather than catching a flight to minimise fuel consumption,” Mallia continued.
“As soon as we try to make our voices heard and tackle some of the most pressing issues that our planet faces, we are laughed at and ridiculed.”
Kezia posted the status as a particular response to one particular climate change denier she stumbled upon in a Facebook comments thread.
“NATURAL CLIMATE CHANGE like Mother Earth had for millions of years,” the comment reads, going on to take aim at Greta Thunberg, focusing on some worrying conspiracy theories.
The comment called the 16-year-old a “a sick little puppy”, “deranged”, saying her “evil parents brainwashed their Aspergers-inflicted daughter and sold her out to the globalists, the corrupt UN and EVIL NAZI GEORGE SOROS.”
He also implied that these two are helping her get a Nobel Peace Prize, just like “fake scientist Al Gore and the Gay Kenyan Muslim fraud, Obozo.”
Greta Thunberg has become a familiar face for many people ever since she managed to get youths to strike over the inaction on climate change.
In Malta, the debate in climate change has gained a lot of momentum. Over the summer, many youths expressed their shock towards the Amazons fires, with the National Youth Council also calling upon parliament to declare a state of climate emergency.
Youth-led organisation Extinction Rebellion followed up earlier this month by organising a climate strike in front of parliament with a die-in.
What do you make of these comments?