Sixteen-year-old and newly crowned TIME Person of the Year Greta Thunberg has made a name for herself on the international stage as a climate change activist.
But while she stridently advocates for massive governmental action to address the ever-changing climate, the teenager has revealed, according to TIME, that she has no desire to discuss the issue with the one person who may have the most power to help: President Donald Trump.
A climate change icon
Thunberg first arrived on the scene when she embarked on a highly publicized sailing expedition from Europe to the United States ahead of an address she delivered to world leaders at the United Nations.
Since that time, she has been widely heralded in the media and placed on a pedestal by radical environmentalists on the left as some sort of teenage savior of humankind.
A waste of time?
Though Thunberg met and spoke with many of the world’s leaders while at the U.N. to deliver her now-famous “How dare you!” speech about a supposedly impending climate catastrophe, President Trump was not one of them — and it now appears that Thunberg doesn’t even want to meet the president if given the chance.
She revealed as much in a recent interview with the BBC during which she explained that she didn’t believe talking to Trump about climate change would be worth the effort.
“Honestly I don’t think I would have said anything, because he’s obviously not listening to scientists and experts. Why would he listen to me?” Thunberg said about a hypothetical meeting with the president, according to TIME.
The young activist also addressed the sharp criticism she’s received — which TIME characterized as “aggressive attacks” — from some world leaders like Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.
Thunberg said: “Those attacks are just funny, because they obviously don’t mean anything. I guess, of course, it means something — it means they are terrified of young people bringing change which they don’t want. But that is just a proof that we are actually doing something. And that they see us as some kind of threat.”
A realistic approach
To be sure, nobody is “terrified” of Greta Thunberg or any other young person who wants to speak passionately about a topic of interest — even if they’re wrong or don’t really understand what they are talking about.
What is terrifying about young activists like Thunberg is the inevitable economic destruction they would wreak worldwide if their half-baked climate proposals were actually implemented on a broad scale. Maybe Thunberg shouldn’t really be meeting with Trump, anyway.