Eco-saviour or pigtailed puppet, Nobel beckons Greta Thunberg

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Eco-saviour or pigtailed puppet, Nobel beckons Greta Thunberg

She's hailed as a 'miracle', but critics say she's being exploited by 'green capitalists' while her 'peace' message is a little wobbly

AFP

She’s the icon of a young generation rising up against climate change. But Greta Thunberg also stirs up derision and scorn among those who see her as a mere puppet of eco-evangelism.

At 16, the Swede has become the voice for millions of worried youngsters who sort their rubbish, clean beaches, turn their noses up at meat and planes, and vote for green parties.

Just over a year ago, at the start of the school year, the then-ninth grade (first year of high school) pupil left her books at home and began sitting outside the Swedish parliament to raise awareness about the climate emergency...

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