Greta Thunberg expertly shuts down heckler at climate rally: 'Maybe you can do it later'
The 16-year-old has been traveling around the country to spread awareness about climate change, while also inspiring other teenagers to join the fight against global warming.
Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is known for her no-nonsense approach to getting things done, and she has done it again at the rally in Charlotte, N.C. on Friday, November 8, wherein she told a heckler that she will speak to people privately after she is done with her talk on the stage. The 16-year-old has been traveling around the country to spread awareness about climate change, while also inspiring other teenagers to join the fight against global warming.
At the rally on Friday, to the 1000-strong crowd, she said: "It can be hard in times like these to find hope, I can tell you," adding how she has not been able to find much hope in the politicians and corporations that she has been appealing to, to make any changes. "It is now up to the common man to make changes. It is the people who are now our greatest source of hope." Thunberg was joined by ninth-grader Mary Ellis Stevens, who has held her own weekly calls to action outside a government building.
“It is we young people who are the future,” she went on to add. “There is not enough time to wait for us to grow up and become the ones in charge because we need to tackle the climate and ecological emergency right now. If the adults and people in power are too immature to realize that, then we need to let them know. Change is coming whether you like it or not.”
“While we young people may not be able to vote or make decisions today, we have something just as powerful,” she said. “And that is our voices. And we need to use them.” As she paused before continuing a heckler tried to interrupt, to which Thunberg responded to thunderous applause, "I think if you want to speak with me personally, maybe you can do it later"
Thunberg has been asking the world population to stand behind science and the leaders to take action for a while now.