Polarizing statements: Thunberg on Trump: "He is so extreme"





Greta Thunberg has been fighting for almost a year with Fridays for Future for more climate protection in the world. One of her toughest opponents is US President Donald Trump. At the climate conference in Madrid they could meet again, Thunberg sails to Spain.


US President Donald Trump, with his sometimes drastically voiced doubts about climate change, believes Greta Thunberg may have achieved exactly the opposite of what he wants to achieve. "He is so extreme and he says such extreme things that I think that in some way, this has woken people up," said the Swedish climate activist in Hampton, Virginia. The 16-year-old wants to start the return journey to Europe from the US East Coast town on Wednesday (local time) on a sailing ship.

"When he was elected, I told myself that people will wake up now, that people have to wake up," said Thunberg. "So maybe he helped."

Thunberg has caused a sensation since the start of its climate strike Fridays for Future about a year ago. In the meantime, the 16-year-old has become a global icon in the fight against climate change and has mobilized millions of people worldwide.

Up to the next climate conference

The Swede refuses to board a plane for reasons of climate protection to rise. That's why she boarded a sailboat at the end of August to sail from New South Plymouth to New York, where she attended the UN Climate Summit in September. Then she traveled by train and with an electric car borrowed by Arnold Schwarzenegger through the US and Canada.

The goal of Thunberg's long journey was actually the Chilean capital Santiago, where from December 2nd to 13th the next UN Climate Conference should take place. After the rejection of Chile because of the local social protests, the meeting should now take place at the same date in Madrid – Thunberg therefore sought over the Internet a return opportunity to Europe.

On the call for help of the 16-year-old, an Australian couple reported: Elayna Carausu and Riley Whitelum live with their eleven-month-old son on a 14-meter-long catamaran. With this they want to bring Thunberg and her father to Europe. It's supposed to start on Wednesday morning in Hampton.

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