Thun­berg, Ger­man rail­way in tweet­storm

Orlando Sentinel - - NATION & WORLD - By Kirsten Grieshaber

BER­LIN — Cli­mate ac­tivist Greta Thun­berg and Ger­many’s na­tional rail­way com­pany cre­ated a tweet­storm Sun­day af­ter she posted a photo of her­self sit­ting on the floor of a train sur­rounded by lots of bags.

The im­age has drawn plenty of com­ment on­line about the per­for­mance of Ger­man rail­ways.

Thun­berg posted the tweet late Satur­day with the com­ment “trav­el­ing on over­crowded trains through Ger­many. And I’m fi­nally on my way home!”

But Ger­man rail­way com­pany Deutsche Bahn sug­gested Thun­berg may not have spent the whole time sit­ting on the floor. And the 16-year-old Swedish ac­tivist later sought to draw a line un­der the mat­ter by tweet­ing that she even­tu­ally got a seat and that over­crowded trains are a good thing.

Some Twit­ter users ex­pressed pity for Thun­berg for not be­ing able to get a proper seat on the train for the long ride home from Madrid, where she was at­tend­ing the U.N. cli­mate change con­fer­ence. Oth­ers wished her a safe trip home af­ter months of trav­el­ing by trains and boats to dif­fer­ent cli­mate events in Europe and the United States.

Thun­berg doesn’t fly on planes be­cause it’s con­sid­ered harm­ful to the cli­mate. Last week, she was named Time mag­a­zine’s Per­son of the Year for her ef­forts to prod gov­ern­ment and oth­ers to take faster ac­tions in fight­ing cli­mate change.

Deutsche Bahn, which used to be fa­mous for its punc­tu­al­ity, has come un­der fire in re­cent years for de­lays, last-minute train can­cel­la­tions and ex­pen­sive ticket fares.

In Deutsche Bahn’s first re­ply to the teenager’s ini­tial tweet, the com­pany wished her a good trip back home and adding that “we con­tinue work­ing hard on get­ting more trains, con­nec­tions and seats.”

@GRE­TATHUN­BERG/AP

This im­age taken from the Twit­ter feed of cli­mate ac­tivist Greta Thun­berg shows her sit­ting on the floor of a train.

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