Greta Thunberg Calls Out China for ‘Fat-Shaming’ Her in Article by State-Owned Newspaper

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Photo credit: Ronald Patrick - Getty Images
Photo credit: Ronald Patrick - Getty Images

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg says she's adding an attempt by Chinese state media to "fat-shame" her to her resume.

The 18-year-old was attacked by the newspaper China Daily, which is owned by the ruling Communist Party, after she urged China to do more to reduce its emissions and address climate change.

In the bizarre article, Thunberg was labelled an "environmental princess" and mocked for her weight. "Although she claims to be vegetarian, judging from the results of her growth, her carbon emissions are actually not low," wrote writer Tang Ge. What a slam.

Sharing a link to a Vice article about the piece, Thunberg Tweeted: "Being fat-shamed by Chinese state-owned media is a pretty weird experience even by my standards. But it's definitely going on my resume." (continued below)

The China Daily article goes on to accuse Thunberg of having "double standards" in calling out China, because "the lifestyle that pollutes the earth the most is European and American life".

It claims Thunberg "suddenly woke up on May 7 and began to criticise China for polluting the environment", after she Tweeted a report that found China's annual emissions were greater than those of all developed nations combined in 2019.

Acknowledging that China was a developing nation under World Trade Organisation terms, Thunberg said that was "no excuse for ruining future and present living conditions". "We can't solve the climate crisis unless China drastically changes course," she added.

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In a follow-up tweet, Thunberg posted a video showing emissions from the world's most developed countries, with the US leading the way. "As CO2 emissions stay in the atmosphere up to 1000 years we of course need to look at historic emissions and in context to population and emissions per capita," she wrote. "And developed nation must lead so others can raise their living standards. As I say all the time."

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