France’s Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer looked quite annoyed by Greta Thunberg when he was asked about her in a TV interview, and said she should stop stimulating depression over climate change.
The minister said he was not sure if Thunberg had been manipulated by someone after her performance at the United Nations, but what he was sure of was that he wants her to stop being so bleak and making everyone miserable.
“One shouldn’t create the generation of people depressed over the subject of climate change,” he said, and urged her to spend time on finding constructive solutions instead.
Thunberg’s fiery speech at the UN accused world leaders of stealing her dreams and her childhood and of caring more about money.
Blanquer said the activist elicited a combination of sympathy and vigilance from him.
“Sympathy — because the cause is good,” he explained, “but we need to pull through this crying afoul mode.”
On Monday, Greta Thunberg and 15 other children filed a complaint with the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child to protest government inaction on the climate crisis.