Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg met Donald Trump:

An official meeting of activist Greta Thunberg and US President Donald Trump should not be on the sidelines of the climate summit. Now, a short, unplanned meeting of the two makes headlines.

The moment lasted only a few seconds, but a video of it is currently making headlines in social networks and numerous media headlines: On the edge of the climate summit in New York Greta Thunberg and Donald Trump met.

The US president arrived unannounced for the climate summit in New York. While he was on his way to the UN General Assembly Hall, he was intercepted by journalists in the corridor and interrogated, among other things, about a possible meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rohani.

 Only a few meters away stood at this time, the 16-year-old climate activist. Trump took no notice of her. Thunberg looked after Trump with a serious expression.

The video of this brief moment and a matching gif of Thunberg's gaze is widely shared on social networks. 

"If a picture says more than 1000 words, then this gif says 100,000," commented the news site "Now This", for example.

The New York Magazine joked: "Greta Thunberg accidentally contributes to global warming with her scorching eyes." And US MEP Sheila Jackson Lee shared a tweet saying, "We're all Greta Thunberg."

Trump has repeatedly expressed scepticism about whether there is climate change at all and if so, whether it is caused by humans.

The US - one of the largest polluters of greenhouse gases - has withdrawn Trump from the Paris international climate change agreement.

Thunberg, meanwhile, has been campaigning for more commitment to climate policy for months. She had already rejected a meeting with Trump in advance of her trip to the US - she did not want to waste her time with it.

In New York Thunberg now accused the heads of state and government. We are at the beginning of mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and the tales of lasting economic growth."

Around 60 heads of state and government will participate in the climate summit, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Government spokesman Steffen Seibert tweeted a photo that shows Thunberg and Merkel how they met before the speeches began.

Thunberg and 15 other young people from different countries also filed a human rights complaint on climate change at the UN.

Girls and boys between the ages of 8 and 17 sent their complaint to the UN Children's Rights Committee, Unicef ​​said.

They accuse the states, therefore, to do too little against climate change and thus violate the children's rights valid worldwide.

Hours after the video of Thunberg's and Trump's encounter was released, the US president commented on Twitter at the 16-year-old.

He retweeted a video of her speech to the UN, Trump wrote: "She looks like a very happy young girl looking forward to a brilliant and wonderful future - so beautiful to see."


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