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17-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg endorses Joe Biden

FILE PHOTO: Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg talks to the media before meeting with EU environment ministers in Brussels, Belgium, March 5, 2020. REUTERS/Johanna Geron
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg talks to the media before meeting with EU environment ministers in Brussels

  • Greta Thunberg, the teen activist from Sweden who made waves for urging world leaders to take climate change seriously, endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden Saturday. 
  • “Just get organized and get everyone to vote #Biden,” Thunberg said on Twitter.
  • There are just weeks to go before the November presidential election, and the Biden campaign has positioned itself against President Donald Trump on the issue of climate change. 
  • The Biden campaign said it wants to reverse one of Trump’s biggest decisions: pulling out of the Paris climate agreement. 
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Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Saturday, asking her Twitter followers to cast a vote for him in the upcoming November election. 

“I never engage in party politics. But the upcoming US elections is above and beyond all that,” Thunberg tweeted, along with an editorial from the Scientific American urging people to avoid voting for President Donald Trump.

“Just get organized and get everyone to vote #Biden,” Thunberg said. 

The 17-year-old is an activist from Sweden who made headlines for leading climate strikes across the country. She also interrogated large organizations and groups like the United Nations and the US Congress on climate change policy and is regarded as the face of the youth climate movement. 

She was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2019, and her efforts landed her recognition as Time’s Person of the Year, which drew Trump’s ire. 

“So ridiculous,” Trump tweeted in response to the news. “Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!”

Thunberg in a December interview said it was useless engaging Trump on climate change “because obviously he’s not listening to scientists and experts, so why would he listen to me?”

The Trump administration has been in the process of pulling out of the Paris climate agreement, a voluntary accord signed by 200 countries with the goal of cutting greenhouse-gas emissions. The withdrawal will be completed by November 4, a day after this year’s presidential election.

The Biden campaign has presented itself as the antithesis to Trump when it comes to climate change. During the first presidential debate between Trump and Biden, the former vice president vowed to reinstate US participation in the Paris climate agreement if he is elected. 

“The first thing I will do, I will rejoin the Paris Accord,” Biden said. “I will join the Paris Accord because with us out of it, look what’s happening. It’s all falling apart.”

Neither the Trump nor Biden campaign immediately responded to a request for comment.

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