Conservative think tank pushes German teen Naomi Seibt to rival Greta Thunberg

Swedish teenage activist Greta Thunberg (L) and German teenager and climate skeptic Naomi Seibt (R). (Photos: AFP/Heartland Institute think)

A conservative think tank based in the United States has hired German teenager and climate skeptic Naomi Seibt in a bid to rival Greta Thunberg.

The 19-year-old Seibt has been touted as the “anti-Greta” and has been slowly garnering support from right-wing groups like Germany’s far-right AfD party.

The Chicago-based Heartland Institute think tank, said to have links with US President Donald Trump’s administration, formally hired Seibt last month to headline their anti-climate change campaign centered around their doubts regarding global warming.

A video posted on the Heartland Institute’s YouTube page titled “Naomi Seibt vs. Greta Thunberg: Whom Should We Trust?” on December 20 last year has so far attracted more than 166,000 views.

“Science is entirely based on intellectual humility and it is important that we keep questioning the narrative that is out there instead of promoting it. These days, climate change science isn’t really science,” Seibt said in the Heartland Institute’s video.

Swedish teenage activist Greta Thunberg, who has mobilized millions of young people last year, has been known as the face of the campaign to raise awareness on climate change and global warming.

Thunberg gained worldwide attention at last year’s Climate Action Summit convened by UN chief Antonio Guterres when she delivered a raw and emotive speech that accused world leaders of betrayal by repeatedly asking: “How dare you?”

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:57 - GMT 06:57