THE father of teenage climate campaigner Greta Thunberg has made the surprising admission that he supported her ideas not because he agreed with her but because her activism had a positive impact on her mental health.
Svante Thunberg told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that he and his wife Malena stopped flying and went vegan to ‘save’ their daughter rather than help the planet. He said: ‘We are not climate activists, we never were.’
Greta, who turned 17 on Friday, describes herself as having Asperger’s syndrome, obsessive compulsive disorder and selective mutism. Her father said that when she was 12, she stopped talking, eating or going to school for a year.
In a separate interview on the programme, Greta said that that her activism helped her depression. ‘A medicine is to become active,’ she said.
We got these insights courtesy of the BBC inviting Ms Thunberg to be the youngest guest editor of the Today programme last week.
Since pioneering the ‘school strike for climate’, Ms Thunberg has enjoyed nothing but obsequious adulation from politicians and opinion-formers in the media; she has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and last year addressed politicians and economists, including the World Economic Forum, the European Parliament, US Congress and the United Nations.
So the whole world gets into an irrational climate frenzy just to make Greta happy. Understandably, her parents are pleased to see her mental health improve, but is it really helpful for her to ‘medicate’ her anxiety and depression by making a great many other children anxious and depressed? Not to mention all those adults who are being bullied into feeling guilty for ‘trashing the planet’ with their ‘over-consumption’?
One wonders how many other disturbed teens whose mental health would be improved by being pandered to. Will they all get to guest-edit the Today programme?
Mr and Mrs Thunberg should be aware that they are not helping their daughter – or anyone else’s child – by backing her extraordinary rise to stardom as a prophetess of doom. It will not save her from anxiety, but give her even more to be anxious about. She believes she is saving the planet, but who will save her? And who will save the rest of us from this miserable, misanthropic scare campaign to turn back time for the vast majority, even while the Really Important People retain their privileges? We can only hope that when the real cost of the green ‘solution’ to ‘climate change’ becomes apparent, people will begin to realise that they have been taken in by a teenage delusion, and are green in more ways than one.