Why Australia's most high-profile child psychologist fears for Greta Thunberg

Thursday, 26 Sep, 2019

Environmentalist badass Greta Thunberg has won herself an "Alternative Nobel Prize" for her work in rallying the world to tackle climate change, having scooped herself more than £80,000 in the process.

Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist, made headlines this week after her impassioned speech to the United Nations on the perceived inaction of countries governments to address climate change.

Earlier this week at a United Nations summit in NY, the president was photographed walking past Thunberg without acknowledging her presence, an apparent snub that made headlines.

Inspired by the young activist, millions of young people all over the world took to the streets to demand their governments to take action in the fight against climate change.

Thunberg and Trump were briefly in the same small room as they arrived for the summit, with video showing the teen glowering at the president as he passed by with his entourage.

Liberal outlets such as Vanity Fair and the Guardian likewise crowed "Greta Thunberg Is Officially Better At Twitter Than Trump" and "Greta Thunberg turns tables on Trump and quotes his mockery in new Twitter bio".

A number of groups condemned Knowles in statements to The Hollywood Reporter, including Autistic Self Advocacy Network executive director Julie Bascom, who called the comment "unconsionable".

"People are dying and dying ecosystems are collapsing. How dare you?" she said.

Fox News hasn't commented on the segment, but Ingraham's brother criticized her for it.

"I can't wait for Stephen King's sequel, 'Children of the Climate, ' " Ingraham said.

"You're a grown man and you're attacking a child", Hahn said.

Her speech on Monday, at an event aimed at mobilising government and business to break worldwide paralysis over carbon emission, made headlines around the world. If she is selected next month, Thunberg would become the youngest person ever awarded a Nobel Prize - a distinction now held by Malala Yousafzai, who received the Nobel Peace Prize when she was 17.

"For more than 30 years, the science has been crystal clear". "But of course, it is not me who is the victor. And then you know you're winning!" she wrote. "I can and will continue to call out the monstrous behavior and the bully commentary born out of anger".

Matthews, a board-certified behavior analyst, said Thunberg's case was likely a unique symbiosis of an ability to deeply delve into a topic and the desire to be a fierce advocate for something she believes in.