(RepublicanNews.org) – As of 12 am on June 22nd, the goalposts will have to move for Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. In a now-deleted June 21st, 2018 tweet, the self-described “Autistic climate justice activist Born at 375 ppm” told the world that “all of humanity” would be wiped out within 5 years if we failed to end our reliance upon fossil fuels.
While the Associated Press and other outlets have acknowledged her deleted tweet, they are insistent that her words were mischaracterized by commentators on the right. They say Thunberg was quoting an article that had paraphrased the words of a Harvard climate scientist.
In 2003, Barabara Streisand sued to have an aerial photograph of her mansion removed from public records. Prior to her lawsuit, the photo had only been downloaded 6 times. The publicity generated by the suit led to it being downloaded more than 400,000 times. It became known as the Streisand Effect. Thunberg’s deleted tweet has received comparable unintended attention on social media and news platforms.
In 1972, the United Nations warned that humanity had only one decade “to stop the catastrophe.” When the prediction failed to materialize in 1982 the organization said the world had until the year 2000. If environmental policies were not altered the world would face an “irreversible” calamity on par with a “nuclear holocaust,” they said. In 2007, the UN said that if no action was taken before 2012 it would be “too late.”
Thunberg addressed the world in a 2019 speech at the UN in which she said that for over 3 decades “the science has been crystal clear.” Her speech contained references to the collapse of ecosystems and mass extinctions, but it did not contain any references to prior predictions the UN had made.
A June 17th post from the activist shows Thunberg blocking oil tankers from accessing a main thoroughfare at a protest in Sweden. No arrests were made.
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