Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg is getting involved in the U.S. presidential election, urging Americans to vote for Democratic challenger Joe Biden.
“I never engage in party politics,” she said in a tweet, but the stakes are too high.
She continued: “But the upcoming US elections is above and beyond all that. From a climate perspective it’s very far from enough and many of you of course supported other candidates. But, I mean…you know…damn! Just get organized and get everyone to vote #Biden.”
I never engage in party politics. But the upcoming US elections is above and beyond all that.
From a climate perspective it’s very far from enough and many of you of course supported other candidates. But, I mean…you know…damn!
Just get organized and get everyone to vote #Biden https://t.co/gFttFBZK5O
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) October 10, 2020
The tweet was posted alongside a Scientific American editorial that similarly urged people to back Biden, who is described as a better protector of the environment.
The Daily Caller reports:
Thunberg, who is only 17 years old, came to international fame when she organized a “Skolstrejk för klimatet,” which translates to “School strike for climate” at her local school in front of the Swedish parliament in 2018. Since then, she has helped organize multi-city protests involving hundreds of thousands of students in Sweden, according to TIME.
The teenage climate change activist has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize twice, was named a TIME magazine Person of the Year, and was included in their 100 most influential people list in 2019, according to TIME.
Biden’s own proposal to protect the environment has been under fire from both Republicans and more progressive members of his own party.
While Biden previously supported the Green New Deal, the multi-trillion dollar plan initially pitched by Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, he said at the first presidential debate with Trump that he did not support the plan.
The Green New Deal is the environmental plan Biden endorses on his campaign website.