"I think we're going to call this the Greta Thunberg effect," Nik Nanos said on CTV's "Trend Line" podcast. "What's it like to have Greta Thunberg tell the prime minister … 'You're not doing enough?'"
Greta Thunberg is a Swedish climate change activist, who has gained international recognition. Thunberg is known for her straight to the point attitude towards the public and world leaders where she has been urging for immediate action to address the climate crisis.
Her influence on a global scale has been described as the "Greta effect”, she has also been awarded 2 consecutive Nobel peace awards and the youngest ever ‘Time’ Person of the year.
In September 2019 Greta took to the United Nations stage and delivered a speech criticising world leaders for their inaction on protecting the environment, and since then has inspired global climate strikes. Gaining the support of young people all over the planet, in-sighting a new urgency over climate change.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has tried since to stand as a leader on the climate crisis, but was told during a meeting he had with Thunberg, that he wasn't doing enough on climate change, this resulted in young voter support dropped by more than 10 percent.
Bloomberg suggests that in Europe, there are some early signs that nations are attempting to pass significant emissions regulations, possibly due to a "Greta Thunberg effect." In an election in Austria results showed that support for the countries Green Party had tripled, gaining 14 points and puts the party in a position to form a coalition.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel posted a picture of the two of them together on instagram. Merkel said "They certainly drove us to speed up", conceding that Thunberg and other young activists speaking out are speeding up efforts to pass climate policies in Europe. In September 2019 Sever E.U nations, lead by Merkel put forward a policy stating that they would end green house gas emissions by 2050, but unfortunately it was blocked by Poland.
However, whilst Thunberg has been criticising world leaders on their lack of action over climate change, she has been diagnosed with Aspergers, citing it as her ‘super power’, this has led to an onslaught of slandering in the media and online. The more vicious internet trolls have photoshopped images to suggest she supports the Islamic State, and a photo showing her eating lunch infant of poor, starving children.
No matter the size of Thunberg's supporters and critics, it shows that she has succeeded in sparking a new revolution on climate change.
Sally Benson, co-director of the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University, praised Thunberg’s emotional efforts to inspire young people to demand action on climate change.
“She has been a catalytic leader,” Benson said. “We’re seeing more grassroots action, and she’s creating a movement where young people are pushing communities, cities, states and corporations and saying, ‘we’re not going to wait.’”