On Monday, the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack Obama met Greta Thunberg, the front-runner for this year’s Prize. The Swedish climate activist met the former US president after crossing the Atlantic on a solar-powered boat, a symbolic decision that Greta took against airplane pollution.
Obama praised the activist, describing her as “one of the planet’s greatest advocates”. During the charming and quite informal meeting, Obama expressed his affinity to Greta’s action. As he has then explained on Twitter: “Recognizing that her generation will bear the brunt of climate change, she’s unafraid to push for real action. She embodies our vision at the Obama Foundation: A future shaped by young leaders like her“.
The meeting, which showed how much Obama’s ideas are in contrast to the ones of climate change sceptic Donald Trump, comes after recent climate change demonstrations in New York and Washington DC, which Greta also attended. She praised all the young people that took part in the protests and invited people to be creative, since “no one is too small to have an impact and change the world“.
After the meeting, Greta has then criticized the US Senate for not doing anything about climate change. The Swedish teenager is expected to take part in new protests in the US and to speak at the UN climate summit on September 23.