Not at all, criticism coming in the low quality zings seen here is the work of those with serious misogynistic and confused issues of sex.
As I said before, were she pretty cheeky kid, half the negatives spoken of her would not exist. Just those very optics would render most of those people 'speechless'.
The rest are the crotchety old buzzards who hate 'smart kids' and young Nazis who just cannot stand other young achievers blowing away anything they can foresee for them selves..jealousy.
If there are any after that, they are few remnants of climate is a hoax crowd.
You seem to be generalizing greatly here. Is this the new "anti-Semitic" trend on the boards?
I am not misogynistic. Gender is irrelevant. Even a boy would get the same comments from me.
I am not old. I'm a Millennial so even using the phrase "ok Boomer" is incorrect. Saying I'm a Nazi is also inaccurate as I have no shared beliefs with Nazis.
I am not jealous. Unlike Ms. Thunberg, I don't need to throw away my education while obsessing with a cause. I don't crave to be in the international stage, and I don't need to boast about how I'm saving the world and doing my part. I recycle. I encourage my company to institute recycling, and I don't overblow talking points, which leads me to the final point:
Having a degree in meteorology qualifies me more than Ms. Thunberg to talk about climate change and the effects at the moment. For starters, my position has been clear that climate change IS happening (and members know I have not strayed from that).
Should we tackle the problem? Yes. Better to be safe than sorry while becoming energy efficient. But what Ms. Thunberg fails to consider (and it's easy to when everything is "free") is that nations have different priorities at the moment. While international agreements can be made, it has to be delicately balanced with economic interest. The US can switch off all its oil refineries and coal plants tomorrow, but there goes our power supply and thousands, if not millions, of jobs (and those are just the direct jobs).
The US has spent trillions in war machinery and could divert that money to climate change. Yes, but channeling trillions from one industry to another immediately is a bait and switch because while you prop up one industry you've just potentially destroyed another (whether war machinery needs to exist is a separate argument).
Finally (and I can't stress this enough): first impressions should not be the only ones, but there are instances where it's enough. I don't care about her OCD/selective mutism. I don't care that she's a girl or a teenager. What I do care is that her initial impression was not a favorable one (for me). You were born and raised in a country with a high quality of life and you have the nerve to say that your childhood was stolen from you? Just exactly how did the bad guys at the UN steal her childhood? And why is this such a pressing issue but not world hunger or refugees? Are you really telling me that a 16 year old Syrian or Yemeni or Kurd has had it easier than her?
It was the wrong message sent from the wrong person. Give me someone from an island country (Maldives, Tuvalu, Kiribati...) whose homes are threatened by rising sea water. Give me someone from a place with glaciers that have retreated significantly (and therefore threatens their water supply). Give me someone from Sudan or Ethiopia or Somalia where the drought has caused hardship. THOSE would have a much better claim to say "you stole my childhood with your inaction on climate change".
But sure...call people with a different opinion names. That helps win arguments all the time.