Greta Thunberg has received harsh criticism in Scandinavia, where politicians and others have accused her of luring other climate activists in an extremist and anti-democratic direction.
Norways Climate Minister and an editor for a Norwegian newspaper both blasted the Swedish climate activist over her rhetoric at the COP26 summit.
They both said that Thunberg was behaving in an outright dangerous manner.
Breitbart reports: Kjetil B. Alstadheim, the political editor of the Aftenposten — Norway’s highest-circulation newspaper — slammed Thunberg for creating polarization on the topic of climate change, saying “She risks leading them into something authoritarian, anti-democratic and downright dangerous. Her rhetoric is just a ploy away from incitement to something beyond civil disobedience.”
On Friday, Thunberg addressed a rally in Glasgow during the COP26 climate summit saying, “The people in power can continue to live in their bubble filled with their fantasies, like eternal growth on a finite planet and technological solutions that will suddenly appear seemingly out of nowhere and will erase all of these crises just like that.”
Thunberg added that the summit was simply “business as usual” and that those attending were looking to “create loopholes to benefit themselves.”
“Greta Thunberg and activists are needed to push from the outside. There is no need for a Greta Thunberg who only spreads contempt and hopelessness,” Alstadheim wrote in an op-ed last Friday.
Norwegian broadcaster NRK notes that Alstadheim is not the only one to criticize the popular climate activist, with Norway’sClimate Minister Espen Barth Eide also criticizing Thunberg’s words, claiming rhetoric stating politics has no meaning is “slightly dangerous.”
“I believe that the strong and sensible commitment to make something happen must be converted into political action – not to reject the whole idea of democratic political change”, Eide said.
Thunberg also stated that western countries owed a “historical debt” to countries in the Global South to dramatically reduce carbon emissions due to the history of colonialism, stating, “The climate and ecological crisis, of course, does not exist in a vacuum. It is directly tied to other crises and injustices that date back to colonialism and beyond.”
Lisa Nåbo, the leader of SSU, the youth wing of Sweden’s ruling party, the Social Democrats, also slammed Thunberg for making demands without coming up with solutions.
Nåbo told SVT: “Greta, you have said that the most important thing young people can do is become activists. I don’t agree with you. No solution to the climate crisis will be politically neutral. The most important thing you as a young person can do is to get involved in politics and make sure that the right decisions are made”