President Donald J. Trump’s masterclass: how not to engage with people who care about the planet

I imagine we’ve all now seen climate activist Greta Thunberg’s impassioned speech at the United Nations Climate Action Summit and the scowl she gave President Trump.

It took significant guts to make that speech.

The President’s response to this courageous teen’s talk and her palpable sense of loss was predictable and came in the shape of yet another throwaway tweet. I shall savour his reply as a masterclass in how NOT to engage with people who are brave enough to stand up for nature.

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I confess, it takes a lot of guts to be told off by our teenagers. After all, we’re supposed to be the ones who know better and set the example.

Especially if you’re the President of America.

However we feel about climate change and what’s causing it, though, I think it’s time we listened to those young enough to outlive us as they will see for themselves the significant damage we’re doing to the planet.

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If we can’t do that, and if we don’t have anything nice to say (as my mother once told me) perhaps we shouldn’t say anything at all?

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