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Greta Thunberg did not announce the “end of the world” in 2023. We translate manipulation

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“Greta! Where is the end of the world?” – Member of Parliament Łukasz Mejza asks on TikTok and refers to press articles that show that Greta Thunberg announced the end of the world on June 21 this year. It’s manipulation. We explain.

On June 22, PiS MP Łukasz Mejza published a short video on TikTok with the inscription “Greta! And where is the end of the world?” and with screenshots of two articles. The first is a text from DoRzeczy.pl with the title “The end of humanity announced by Greta Thunberg has passed.” The author of this posted on June 22 text writes that in April, Greta Thunberg deleted her tweet from five years ago, in which she wrote that humanity will be destroyed if it does not move away from fossil fuels by 2023. “If the said end of the world were to happen, it would have happened by yesterday,” he states. “Contrary to the activist’s announcements, humanity still stubbornly persists” – the author of DoRzeczy.pl continues with irony. The second screenshot from MP Mejza’s video is the headline of Tysol.pl with the title: “This is the end of humanity. Today is the deadline set by Greta Thunberg.” in itself text of June 21, apart from the title, there is no direct suggestion that the activist announced the end of the world on a specific day.

“Greta! Where is the end of the world?” – asks MP Łukasz MejzaTikTok

MP Mejza’s video was displayed on TikTok almost 26,000 times. times. More than 160 Internet users liked it. “Suit me”; “There is no end, but she made a career” – they commented (original spelling of posts). On June 21 and 22, similar entries about Greta Thunberg’s unfulfilled announcement regarding the end of the world were also published by other Internet users. “How to live? Greta deleted her tweet when she said that if we do not move away from fossil fuels, June 21, 2023 will be the end of the world,” wrote Konrad Niżnik, a local politician of the Polish Crown Confederation. In addition to the websites of the weekly “Do Rzeczy” and “Tygodnik Solidarność”, similar texts were published by websites wPolityce.pl and Fronda.pl.

Greta Thunberg headlinesDoRzeczy.pl, wPolityce.pl, Tysol.pl, Fronda.pl

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Social media posts and press articles therefore push the message about Greta Thunberg’s unfulfilled announcement about the end of the world, which was supposed to take place on June 21 this year. This message is formulated either directly, in a veiled or ironic way. However, it is untrue. Thunberg has never made such a prediction publicly. In 2018, she quoted a press article on Twitter with an imprecise discussion of a well-known climatologist’s statement.

What was in Thunberg’s deleted tweet

On June 21, 2018, Thunberg tweeted a quote from the Grit Post article. This year, however, she deleted this entry, which did not go unnoticed by Internet users.

In the deleted tweet, Thunberg linked to the Grit Post article and quoted its first paragraph: “One leading climate scientist warns that climate change will wipe out all of humanity if we don’t stop using fossil fuels in the next five years.” The text is no longer available on the Grit Post website. However, his work has been preserved in the Web Archive copy.

One of the leading climate scientists mentioned in the article is James Anderson – professor of atmospheric chemistry at Harvard University. In January 2018, during a speech at the University of Chicago, he warned that efforts to reduce pollution emissions are insufficient and will not stop the disappearance of the ice layer at the earth’s poles. The scientist called for a global effort to move away from fossil fuels completely within the next five years. “The chance of any permanent ice remaining in the Arctic after 2022 is essentially zero,” Anderson said at the time. This quote was featured in a Grit Post article.

In March this year, journalists Associated Press contacted James Anderson. He denied that in 2018 he was talking about the prospect of “wipe out” humanity in five years. He explained that in a seminar in Chicago he was talking about the volume of floating Arctic sea ice, not all Arctic ice. Attributing to him words about the prospect of “wiping out” humanity, he considered “a complete distortion of what he said or meant.”

Author:editor: Krzysztof Jablonowski

Main photo source: MARCIN BANASZKIEWICZ / FotoNews / Forum

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