On Monday, 23 September, Swedish climate change youth activist Greta Thunberg addressed world leaders at the UN in a fierce, impassioned condemnation of their inaction.
‘You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.’ — @GretaThunberg delivered this searing condemnation to world leaders at the UN on the mounting climate crisis pic.twitter.com/T5AphBvco7— NowThis (@nowthisnews) September 23, 2019
As it usually goes with young people (and women) speaking truth to power, and as Greta herself has faced before, she was trolled on her appearance, her mental illness, her age, her demeanor and everything outside of the contents of her speech.
Well, Greta Thunberg is officially “she’d look prettier if she smiled more” years old. https://t.co/QSxcPgExCO— Jennifer Wright (@JenAshleyWright) September 23, 2019
General rule: If there's a serious issue in discussion, like #ClimateChange, there's no reason to comment on someone's demeanor UNLESS it's to sneakily bring them down without having to say you disagree - and that's called cowardice. #GretaThunberg— Khemta H. Jose (@khemtajose) September 24, 2019
From anonymous trolls to even the US’ Fox News, Greta’s Asperger's diagnosis was bandied around like an insult, belling a lack of understanding of mental health.
#mentalillness is not an insult. It’s a diagnosis, just like diabetes. And if you have no training - don’t diagnose people as a means of demeaning them. #EndTheStigma #GretaThunberg https://t.co/2qGKd6WApi— Mary Fernando (@MaryFernando_) September 24, 2019
When conservatives attack young activists like David Hogg and Greta Thunberg what they are really saying is “Hey, kids, stop trying to save humanity you’re fucking up how comfortable the status quo is for me.”— Adam Best (@adamcbest) September 23, 2019
In a historic move, 16 child activists (aged from eight to 17) from 12 countries around the world launched an official complaint to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (OHCHR) against UN member states’ inaction on the climate crisis.
She had previously responded to some of the vitriol on 2 September, in a series of tweets to critics who commented on her Asperger’s diagnosis.
The 16-year-old, whose Twitter bio reads “climate activist with Asperger’s’, said,
When haters go after your looks and differences, it means they have nowhere left to go. And then you know you’re winning!— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) August 31, 2019
I have Aspergers and that means I’m sometimes a bit different from the norm. And - given the right circumstances- being different is a superpower.#aspiepower pic.twitter.com/A71qVBhWUU
Explaining Greta’s Superpower: What is Asperger’s Syndrome?
In an earlier article, FIT had explained,
Asperger’s is a kind of an autism spectrum disorder accompanied by social awkwardness, rigidity in behaviour, difficulty in interacting, unable to pick social cues and most importantly difficulty in expressing emotions.
Some ways in which it affects a person are:
- Communication becomes a struggle.
- Difficulty in understanding non-verbal communication like body language or voice tone)
- Average or above average intelligence
- Social awkwardness
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