Last week’s global climate strikes and a passionate speech from Greta Thunberg at the UN climate summit in New York could have spurred nations into action. Instead, despite warnings from the scientific community that the impact of global heating is set to intensify, the climate summit failed to secure anything more than incremental promises. Of the big emitters, China did not escalate its climate action targets, while Trump attended the summit for a meagre 14 minutes. Later that evening he sent off a sarcastic tweet about teen activist Greta Thunberg. Needless to say, there is no love lost between the President and Greta. The Guardian is one of those trying to analyse why so many (mainly elderly, white) men are freaking out about the tiny Swedish climate demon. A tweet from James Murray at Business Green nicely argues that “there is something particularly powerful and uncomfortable about this excoriating speech, which I think stems from the way it obliterates the usual defences against being called out by someone much younger than yourself”.

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