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Greta And Naomi: A Tale Of Two Activists

Can a calmer voice prevail?

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Young Greta Thunberg has praised by many for her views on climate change. The 16-year-old has been named Person of the Year 2019 by Time Magazine, had a mural painted in her honor, and was even nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Now, however, she has a rival in what some people are calling the anti-Greta: 19-year-old Naomi Seibt from Germany.

The German activist is not getting the positive press as young Thunberg, although she has been active in her crusade to present a counter-argument to Greta. Naomi is not convinced that climate change is going to be a disaster for the next generations, after all. While Greta was speaking at the United Nations’ COP25 conference in December in Madrid, Spain, Naomi was giving the keynote at the Heartland’s Climate Realist Forum just a few miles away.

The Heartland Institute was so taken with Seibt’s videos, they even featured her in a video titled: Naomi Seibt vs. Greta Thunberg: Whom Should We Trust?  “Greta Thunberg took the world by storm with her doomsday climate predictions,” the video’s description reads. “Naomi Seibt, a rising star, advocates for proper scientific discourse over climate change. Who seems like the more reasonable advocate to you?”

Seibt said she does not like the brand “climate denier” and that it is “a despicably anti-human ideology … especially as a German, it is so rude to refer to someone as a climate denier because obviously there is a connection to the term ‘holocaust denier,’ which carries a lot of weight in Germany.”

Seibt attempts to create informative videos with a message of hope for humans:

“Today climate change science really is not science at all. The goal [of climate scientists] is to shame humanity. Climate change alarmism at its very core is a despicably anti-human ideology and we are told to look down at our achievements with guilt, with shame and disgust, and not even take into account the many major benefits we have achieved by using fossil fuels as our main energy source.”

She presents a very different perspective from that of Thunberg:

“I’ve got very good news for you. The world is not ending because of climate change. In fact, 12 years from now we will still be around, casually taking photos on our iPhone 18s, tweeting about the current president on Twitter and ranting about the latest celebrity gossip.”

“However, we are currently being force-fed a very dystopian agenda of climate alarmism that tells us that we as humans are destroying the planet. And that the young people, especially, have no future – that the animals are dying, that we are ruining nature.”

Kert Davie, the founder of the Climate Investigations Center, which looks into climate denying groups, suspects the Heartland Institute is promoting Seibt as a counterattack to Thunberg’s fame. “They are trying to ride Greta’s wave, but there is no way this person is going to win hearts and minds the way Greta has,” Davies said. “They are trying to blunt the impact of Greta.”

The two activists stand on opposite sides of the climate issue and have vastly different approaches to getting their messages out to the public. Who do you think is right?

Kelli Ballard

National Correspondent at and Kelli Ballard is an author, editor, and publisher. Her writing interests span many genres including a former crime/government reporter, fiction novelist, and playwright. Originally a Central California girl, Kelli now resides in the Seattle area.

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