Things got heated over at “The View” during a discussion about climate change.
Teen environmental activist Greta Thunberg made headlines on Monday with her passionate speech on the dangers of ignoring climate change at the United Nations Climate Action Summit, chastising world leaders for promoting “fairytales of eternal economic growth.”
Cohost Joy Behar applauded Thunberg for her efforts, and slammed those who deny that climate change is a threat to humanity. “Some of these people who are denying climate change, they’re gonna be dead. They don’t care, apparently, about their grandchildren. The only care about their 401k’s,” said Behar. “It’s disgusting.”
Fellow panelist Abby Huntsman disagreed with Behar. “I don’t think that’s fair to say they don’t care about their own grandkids,” said Huntsman. But, Behar fired back, “That’s what it looks like to me.”
Huntsman questioned whether Thunberg’s tactic of shaming people is the right way to get world leaders to take action, saying, “This is the problem I see with the conversation with climate change: Do you motivate people by saying ‘we gotta better the environment’ or do you motivate them by saying ‘people are gonna die in 10 years anyway?’”
“Guilt tripping might work,” said Behar. “Do you understand how that sounds to people? When you want to have a rational conversation about climate change and you say, ‘You know what? You’re grandparents? You don’t love your grandchildren enough.’ I don’t think that’s productive,” said Huntsman.
Behar didn’t back down, capping the conversation with, “I stand by it,” which was met with applause from the studio audience.
Viewers on Twitter quickly reacted, with many applauding Behar for her stance on climate change:
@JoyVBehar is 💯% right. Republicans who don't give a damn about climate change very obviously don't give a damn about the futures of their children/grandchildren. @HuntsmanAbby saying otherwise makes zero sense.— E•V•E (@EveTaylor7) September 24, 2019
Others disagreed, and said Huntsman was right to slam the use of fear as a motivator, with some saying that Thunberg’s got it all wrong:
This poor girl needs help! She should be enjoying herself, hanging out with friends and loving life, but instead she's crying about a climate crisis that's going to end the world as we know it! Sad, sad, sad...— LoveMyPeeps96 (@LoveMyPeeps96) September 24, 2019
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