With mercury levels on the rise, climate change unbelievers will find it hard to challenge the gospel of Thunberg – a bleak narrative that fuses science, rhetoric and outrage to deliver radical prescriptions aimed at lowering the temperature of a feverish planet. On August 28, a pale, 16-year-old girl in a black windcheater stepped off the gangplank at New York’s North Cove Marina – a pint-sized silhouette against the backdrop of the Statue of Liberty. Accompanied by her father, Greta Thunberg had spent two weeks at sea, crossing the Atlantic on a 60-foot racing yacht owned by the royal family of Monaco. The royal steed, which is zero-emissions compliant, made the crossing during the hurricane season by harnessing wind, solar, and hydro power. A scrum of people gathered along the hem of the lower Manhattan waterfront, waving at the Swedish teenager, who in the space of a year, had gone from being an awkward schoolgirl with social anxiety, to a messianic figurehead for climate change – a cross between Joan of Arc and John the Baptist. Thunberg’s anger-laden speeches have helped rally troops in her inter-generational battle with climate change deniers, a demographic she accuses of “stealing her dreams”. But… Read full this story
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