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WATCH: Greta Thunberg gracefully handles a heckler at the Charlotte Climate Strike

11/08/2019 5:16 pm ET • Dara Brewton

Greta Thunberg shuts down a heckler at the Charlotte Climate Strike

I was able to attend a Climate Strike this afternoon where Greta Thunberg was a guest speaker. The Swedish Climate activist took the stage amidst much applause and cheers.

She began her speech with an acknowledgment that the land we were all standing on once belonged to indigenous tribes like the Catawba and the Cherokee.

As always, she spoke eloquently and passionately. I also got to witness the graceful way she handled a heckler. Someone on the other side of the crowd interrupted her speech with words that I was too far away to hear or catch in my recording. However, Thunberg’s response comes across plain as day. So, do the applause and chants of “Greta” from the crowd:

11/8/19: Greta Thunberg gracefully shuts down a heckler.

Posted by Dara Brewton Schweitzer on Friday, November 8, 2019

Another video of the moment is here.

Besides shutting down the heckler, the teen activist talked about hope and how she has “not found much hope in politicians and corporations.” However, she went on to say that it is now the people that are the “biggest source of hope.”

Thunberg traveled to Charlotte in order to join a local teen, Mary Ellis Stevens, who has has been striking outside the Charlotte-Mecklenberg Government Center by herself since February.

In her speech, Stevens told all of us “when I started striking I was convinced I was going to be alone forever, so this is really special. When I became lonely, I imagined the streets filled with strikers — and look at what we have today.” By the time Greta took the stage a little after 1 pm, there were roughly 1,200 people in the crowd.

Stevens explained that she received a DM from Thunberg while she was sitting in Biology class on Wednesday. She was messaging to say that she would be joining the Charlotte strike on Friday. In just 48 hours, Stevens was able to rally the area youth climate groups and put together the event which started at 12 pm today.

Another of the speakers on the stage today was NC House Representative John Autry, referring to himself as one of the “crusty guys.” He was trying to be a voice of hope from the government that the youth were searching for. He asked all of us adults in attendance to get out there and use our own voices in the form of votes, something most of the youth are not yet able to do.

Autry asked, “How will our grandchildren ever be able to afford the future if we only continue to invest in the past?”

How, indeed. Maybe we should all take a page from Greta’s book—gracefully shutting down the hecklers—as we move right past them and start making the changes the world needs.


 

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‘A leader of our time’: DiCaprio meets Greta Thunberg, promises to support her

11/02/2019 10:36 am ET • Sneha Konda
Leonardo DiCaprio meets Greta Thunberg, calls her 'Leader of Our Time'

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Greta Thunberg has made quite a few high profile fans on her climate strike journey. And as she joined young people in the latest edition of school strikes in the streets of Los Angeles, Hollywood caught up with the 16-year-old.

Thunberg spent time with Leonardo DiCaprio, who is also a fierce environmental activist.

The Academy Award winning-actor, who has spent years (and millions) working to protect the environment through his Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, took to Instagram to share his meeting with the superstar Swedish climate activist. He also said that she, “has become a leader of our time.”

He warned, “History will judge us for what we do today to help guarantee that future generations can enjoy the same livable planet that we have so clearly taken for granted.”

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There are few times in human history where voices are amplified at such pivotal moments and in such transformational ways – but @GretaThunberg has become a leader of our time. History will judge us for what we do today to help guarantee that future generations can enjoy the same livable planet that we have so clearly taken for granted. I hope that Greta’s message is a wake-up call to world leaders everywhere that the time for inaction is over. It is because of Greta, and young activists everywhere that I am optimistic about what the future holds. It was an honor to spend time with Greta. She and I have made a commitment to support one another, in hopes of securing a brighter future for our planet. #FridaysforFuture #ClimateStrike @fridaysforfuture

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“I hope that Greta’s message is a wake-up call to world leaders everywhere that the time for inaction is over. It is because of Greta, and young activists everywhere that I am optimistic about what the future holds. It was an honor to spend time with Greta. She and I have made a commitment to support one another, in hopes of securing a brighter future for our planet,” his post with over 3 million likes and counting, read.

Although she has met several popular figures on her trip to the U.S., a meeting with President Trump is not high on her list of priorities. On her appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” when the host Ellen DeGeneres asked Greta if she’d consider trying to help President Trump understand climate change. Thunberg responded with a succinct, “I just think it would be a waste of time, really.”


 

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Greta Thunberg says meeting Trump ‘would be a waste of time’

11/01/2019 2:27 pm ET • Dara Brewton

Greta Thunberg shoots Trump a death stare after her devastating UN climate speech

Greta Thunberg has become a household name across the world. The Swedish teenager sparked a global movement and has broadened the conversation on the Climate Crisis. Yet, there is one person she won’t be talking climate with: President Donald Trump.

Thunberg was in Los Angeles earlier this week in order to attend a student rally protesting the new production of fossil-fuel. She spared a few moments to sit for an interview with Ellen DeGeneres where she was asked about a possible meeting with Trump. Her response:

“I don’t understand why I would do that. I don’t see what I could tell him that he hasn’t already heard. And I just think it would be a waste of time, really.”

Trump has long held the belief that climate change is a hoax.

He has also made the claim that is was made up by the Chinese:

Trump has also tweeted about Greta in the past. After her moving speech at the UN, the President attempted to mock her on Twitter with this:

Instead of clapping back, Thunberg updated her Twitter bio with his words “A very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future.”

Wonder if Trump will fire back on Twitter after the Ellen interview airs on Friday?

 

 

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