Pauline Hanson takes a swipe at 16-year-old eco warrior Greta Thunberg after the speech to the UN

'No life experience … disgraceful': Pauline Hanson takes a swipe at 16-year-old eco warrior Greta Thunberg after the impassioned speech to the UN

  • Ms Hanson was not impressed by Thunberg's speech to the UN in New York
  • The 16-year-old activist spoke at the Climate Action Summit 2019 on Monday
  • Ms Hanson said Thunberg was voicing the opinions of adults around her
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One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has duties as a swipe at 16-year-old environment activist Greta Thunberg – as well as children who walked out of school in protest or climate change inaction.

Senator Hanson was 'not impressed' by Thunberg's impassioned speech to the UN at the 2019 Climate Action Summit in New York on Monday.

'I shouldn't be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to us for hope. How dare you. You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words, "Thunberg said during her speech.

Ms. Hanson said on Sky News she believes the Swedish activist is "voicing what other people have put into the head."

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Ms Hanson was 'not impressed' by Thunberg's impassioned speech to the UN at the 2019 Climate Action Summit in New York on Monday

Ms Hanson was 'not impressed' by Thunberg's impassioned speech to the UN at the 2019 Climate Action Summit in New York on Monday

'I shouldn't be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to us for hope. How dare you. You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words, "Thunberg said during her speech

'I shouldn't be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to us for hope. How dare you. You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words, "Thunberg said during her speech

'I shouldn't be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to us for hope. How dare you. You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words, "Thunberg said during her speech

Ms Hanson blamed the education system for teaching children about climate change.

'It's very biased. It's not a balanced view and this is why children are faced with anxiety, panic attacks, and they feel the world is coming to an end and it's doomed, "Ms. Hanson said.

She blamed Thunberg's parents, and the parents of children who attend protests, for their motivation to speak out.

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'How much effort would these kids put into it if they had to go on a weekend? You know, their own time. It was great to take a day off school. It was hyped up by the media and by everyone and I think it's disgraceful, "she said.

Ms. Hanson said she believes the Swedish activist is "voicing what other people have put into the head."

Ms. Hanson said she believes the Swedish activist is "voicing what other people have put into the head."

Ms. Hanson said she believes the Swedish activist is "voicing what other people have put into the head."

Thunberg hero nothing back as she thundered against the politicians and officials at the UN climate summit.

"There won't be any solution or plans in line with these figures here today because these numbers are too uncomfortable and you're not mature enough to tell you," Thunberg, who is usually not as emotional in the speeches, said .

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'You are failing us. The young people are starting to understand your betrayal. The eyes of all future generations are upon you.

"And if you choose to fail us, I say, we will never forgive you," she added on the brink of tears.

"Right here, right now is where we draw the line. The world is waking up and change is coming whether you like it or not, "she said to uproarious applause."

Thunberg skyrocketed to fame after she started demonstrating outside the Swedish Parliament last year, sparking climate protests in her nation

Thunberg skyrocketed to fame after she started demonstrating outside the Swedish Parliament last year, sparking climate protests in her nation

Thunberg skyrocketed to fame after she started demonstrating outside the Swedish Parliament last year, sparking climate protests in her nation

Thunberg hero nothing back as she thundered against the politicians and officials at the UN climate summit
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Thunberg hero nothing back as she thundered against the politicians and officials at the UN climate summit

Thunberg hero nothing back as she thundered against the politicians and officials at the UN climate summit

Thunberg skyrocketed to fame after she started demonstrating outside the Swedish Parliament last year, sparking climate protests in the nation.

She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and traveled to the US by yacht to avoid flying last month.

Just last week she tested before Congress. Instead of giving a speech, she submitted the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Special Report on Global Warming as her testimony.

Greta Thunberg's proud speech at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York

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This is all wrong. I shouldn't be standing here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to me for hope? How dare you! You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. And yet I'm one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction. And all you can talk about is money and fairytales or eternal economic growth. How dare you!

For more than 30 years the science has been crystal clear. How do you continue to look away, and say here that you are doing enough, when the politics and solutions are still nowhere in sight.

You say you "hear" us and that you understand the urgency. But no matter how sad and angry I am, I don't want to believe that. Because if you fully understood the situation and kept failing to act, then you would be evil. And I refuse to believe that.

The popular idea of ​​cutting our emissions in half in 10 years only gives us a 50% chance of staying below 1.5C degrees, and the risk of setting off irreversible chain reactions beyond human control.

Maybe 50% is acceptable to you. But those numbers don't include tipping points, most feedback loops, additional warming hidden by toxic air pollution or the aspects of justice and equity. They also rely on my and my children's generation sucking hundreds of billions of tonnes or your CO2 out of the air with technologies that barely exist. So a 50% risk is simply not acceptable to us – we who have to live with the consequences.

To have a 67% chance of staying below a 1.5C global temperature rise – the best odds given by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – the world had 420 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide left to emit back on January 1, 2018. Today that figure is already down to less than 350 gigatonnes. How dare you pretend that this can be solved with business-as-usual and some technical solutions. With today's emissions levels, that remaining CO2 budget will be completely gone in less than eight and a half years.

There will not be any solutions or plans presented in line with these figures today. Because these numbers are too uncomfortable. And you are still not mature enough to tell it like it is.

You are failing us. But the young people are starting to understand your betrayal. The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us I say we will never forgive you. We will not let you get away with this. Right here, right now is where we draw the line. The world is waking up. And change is coming, whether you like it or not.

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