Seventeen-year-old Greta Thunberg made a discreet callout to Justin Trudeau's government on Wednesday morning, by sharing an article that strongly criticizes the Prime Minister's “climate hypocrisy.” While her tweet about Trudeau doesn't directly share any of her own thoughts, it's clear the young climate activist found this story meaningful.
Taking to Twitter earlier this week, Thunberg shared an article from The Guardian with her 4 million followers.
The original article, which was written by Bill McKibben, says, "It's disturbing in a different way to watch leaders pretend to care" about climate change.
McKibben draws attention to Canada’s new tar sands mine, which he says “will pour carbon into the atmosphere through the 2060s.”
"Trudeau, for all his charms, doesn’t get to have it both ways: if you can’t bring yourself to stop a brand-new tar sands mine then you’re not a climate leader," he continues.
Sharing the opinion-piece, Thunberg quoted the following line from McKibben's story: "If an alcoholic assured you he was taking his condition very seriously, but also laying in a 40-year store of bourbon, you’d be entitled to doubt his sincerity."
By Thursday morning, the activist's tweet had more than 33,000 likes.
”If an alcoholic assured you he was taking his condition very seriously, but also laying in a 40-year store of bour… https://t.co/6sW73vN9FC— Greta Thunberg (@Greta Thunberg) 1580919557.0
The pair first met back in 2019, when Thunberg visited Montreal during her Canadian climate strikes.
At that time, she accused the Prime Minister of "not doing enough" to combat global warming, but admitted, "I try not to focus on the individuals and rather focus on the whole picture."
"My message to all the politicians around the world is the same: just listen and act on the current, best available united science," she said.
Thunberg’s most recent tweet isn’t the first time she’s used social media to draw attention to Trudeau’s “hypocrisy” when it comes to environmental decisions.
In June, she tweeted about the controversial expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline.
She wrote, “One second they declare a #ClimateEmergency and the next second they say yes to expand a pipeline. This is shameful.”
“But of course this is not only in Canada, we can unfortunately see the same pattern everywhere.”
One second they declare a #ClimateEmergency and the next second they say yes to expand a pipeline. This is shamefu… https://t.co/in0D0qTR7k— Greta Thunberg (@Greta Thunberg) 1560926970.0
Trudeau, meanwhile, has had nothing but positive things to say about the young climate activist.
Speaking last year, the Prime Minister said, "She is the voice of a generation of young people who are calling on their leaders to do more and to do better, and I'm listening."
He has yet to respond to Thunberg’s tweet.