Greta: Grown-ups mock kids be­cause world view threat­ened

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TORONTO — Swedish teenager Greta Thun­berg said Fri­day she doesn’t un­der­stand why grown-ups and world lead­ers would mock chil­dren and teens for com­mu­ni­cat­ing and act­ing on science, re­spond­ing to at­tacks on her cam­paign as stu­dents con­ducted a sec­ond wave of global protests de­mand­ing ac­tion on cli­mate change.

When asked about Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and oth­ers who have mocked her, the 16-year-old ac­tivist said they likely feel their world view and in­ter­ests are be­ing threat­ened by cli­mate ac­tivism.

“We’ve be­come too loud for peo­ple to han­dle so peo­ple want to si­lence us,” she said at a rally in Mon­treal af­ter meet­ing Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau. “We should also take that as a com­pli­ment.”

The youth cli­mate move­ment has drawn crit­i­cism from some who accuse the stu­dents of over­re­act­ing and say they would be bet­ter off go­ing to school. In an ap­par­ent sar­cas­tic jibe at Thun­berg this week, Trump tweeted: “She seems like a very happy young girl look­ing for­ward to a bright and won­der­ful fu­ture. So nice to see!”

Thun­beg told the crowd in Mon­treal that “We will do ev­ery­thing in our power to stop this cri­sis from get­ting worse even if that means skip­ping school or work. The peo­ple have spo­ken. And we will con­tinue to speak un­til our lead­ers lis­ten and act.”

Her com­ments came as fears about the im­pact of global warm­ing on younger gen­er­a­tions drew protests in Ger­many, In­dia, Spain, Por­tu­gal, Swe­den and the Nether­lands, a week af­ter hun­dreds of thou­sands ral­lied world­wide be­fore the U.N. sum­mit.

Ira­nian Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani, upon re­turn­ing to Tehran, said the lead­ers of Ger­many, France and Bri­tain had told him the U.S. was pre­pared to lift the sanc­tions if Iran agreed to ne­go­ti­a­tions on the nu­clear deal. But he added the sanc­tions must be lifted be­fore talks could be­gin.

In the cap­i­tal, Port-au-Prince, hun­dreds of op­po­si­tion sup­port­ers ran­sacked a po­lice sta­tion used by a spe­cial tac­ti­cal unit, haul­ing out of­fice fur­ni­ture and even Kevlar vests and am­mu­ni­tion in the city shan­ty­town of Cite Soleil. An Avis car rental of­fice and Western Union branch were also at­tacked and burned.

Sev­eral houses were burned, and groups of pro­test­ers hurled rocks at po­lice, who re­sponded with tear gas.

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Greta Thun­berg, cen­ter, of Swe­den, and other ac­tivists rally for ac­tion on cli­mate change in Mon­treal on Fri­day, one of sim­i­lar events by hun­dreds of thou­sands around the world.

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