"You and me, we're a team," Barack Obama said to Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg right before they fist bumped.
Thunberg established herself as a bona fide climate action figure after staging weekly sit-ins outside the Swedish Parliament, spawning a movement of youth climate activists to hold their own protests in more than 100 cities worldwide.
She arrived in New York last month after sailing across the Atlantic to speak at the United Nations Climate Action Summit. Thunberg traveled on a zero-emissions sailboat to reduce the environmental impact of her journey, according to a statement from her team. 📸: Obama Foundation
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To some, #EdwardSnowden is a hero whose bravery and #selfsacrifice helped to inform the world on the #surveillancestate treachery taking place behind the scenes throughout the #UnitedStates and other Western governments. To others—namely those who profit and benefit from warrantlessly spying on innocent #American citizens—Snowden is a traitor worthy of the death penalty. For those who don’t know who Snowden is, we encourage you to read more. And, now you can, as the world’s most famous #whistleblower is releasing his manifesto aptly titled Permanent Record, in which he delves into the journey that led him to spend the last 6 years in exile.
Naturally, this book will have the police state on edge as it may also identify those responsible for fostering this tyranny. Snowden knows this and was quick to go on record, claiming that if any harm comes to him, it was not self-inflicted.
Prior to releasing his book, Snowden sat down with Der Spiegel to explain why after six years, he felt the world needed to know the full scope of his role in the creation of this totalitarian surveillance state as well as why he chose to try to bring it to its knees. “Because I think it’s more important than ever to explain systems of #masssurveillance and mass manipulation to the public. And I can’t explain how these systems came to be without explaining my role in helping to build them,” Snowden told the #German magazine, who then asked “Wasn’t it just as important four or even six years ago?” Snowden then went on to explain how drastically the international climate has shifted toward #authoritarianism in just the last four years, which makes now the best time for realizing this book.
Four years ago, #BarackObama was president. Four years ago, #BorisJohnson wasn’t around and the AfD (#Germany’s right-wing populist party Alternative for Germany) was still kind of a joke. But now in 2019, no one is laughing... 🖐🏾More in comments👇🏾
Så stolt att vara svensk! Greta röjer mycket stor uppskattning i USA också för sitt stora klimatarbete och genom sitt kunnande, mod och engagemang får hon med sig inte bara unga följare utan världens goda ledare för att aktivt arbeta för en värld med en framtid! Hur stort är inte det👍🤩❤️🌻#sverige #gretathunberg#mod #miljö #framtid #vägvisare #makt#barackobama#planetearth