Ex Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has branded 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg a “spoilt brat” after she passionately addressed the United Nations Climate Summit.
The Swedish teen gave an emotional appeal in which she scolded world leaders with her repeated phrase, “How dare you.”
“This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here,” said Thunberg, who began a lone protest outside the Swedish parliament more than a year ago that culminated in Friday’s global climate strikes.
In his column for The Sun, Clarkson wrote: “How dare you sail to America on a carbon fibre yacht that you didn’t build which cost £15million, that you didn’t earn, and which has a back-up diesel engine that you didn’t mention.
“We gave you mobile phones and laptops and the internet. We created the social media you use every day and we run the banks that pay for it all.
“So how dare you stand there and lecture us, you spoilt brat.
“So be a good girl, shut up and let them get on with it.”
The host also urged Greta to “get back to school”.
Thunberg gave an impassioned speech directed at politicians and officials stating: “I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you have come to us young people for hope. How dare you.
“You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.
“We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and yet all you can talk about is money. You are failing us.”
Later, she and 15 other youth activists filed a formal complaint with an arm of the UN that protects children, saying that governments’ lack of action on warming is violating their basic rights.
— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) September 29, 2019
A day before Clarkson published his column, his own daughter Emily took to Twitter to voice her anger over ‘middle age blokes’ not speaking respectably about Greta.
Emily Clarkson retweeted a comment from Comedian John Bishop Thunberg which read: ‘You [Greta Thunberg] are an inspirational person. You have breathed life into the climate debate that was failing to get the attention it deserved. Whatever happens with the world it is a better place with you in it.”
Emily shared the post, commenting: “Wouldn’t it be nice if all middle aged blokes could talk to and about Greta, the ballsy af teenager out there changing the world, like this.”
Jeremy replied: “Wouldn’t it be nice if she learned some manners.”
Emily responded with, “A woman doesn’t need to be polite to make a point.”
Watch Greta Thunberg’s impassioned speech here: