The climate change debate has hit the Eurovision stratosphere. In recent weeks Eurovision stars have taken to social media to defend teenage climate change activist and environmental warrior Greta Thunberg. As you’ll all be aware, the teenager has faced ugly words and harsh criticism from grown men, including American President Donald Trump.
Perhaps the strongest defence came from the most royal of all Eurovision royalty: ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus. He recently threw his support behind his fellow Swede while chatting with The Irish Times.
A welcome intervention in favour of ?@GretaThunberg?…she is more than capable of defending herself, but personal testimonies supporting her (from all generations) help counter the poison of trolling climate science deniers.
— Kevin O'Sullivan (@KOSullivanIT) October 4, 2019
“Greta is a blessing in the world of influencers and reality TV stars,” he said.
“The spin-off of the greater effect is that the patriarchy is pissing in their pants in fear of a 16-year-old girl with superpowers. She has become a populist nightmare. She says science and enlightenment are what we need right now — not stale old nationalism and conspiracy theories.”
Ulvaeus highlighted the global impact she has made in such a short time. “Even if you don’t think that everything Greta says or does is unquestionable, you have to admire her guts and her focus,” he says. “It’s a monumental achievement to create a global mass movement from scratch in such a short time.”
Thunberg has no shortage of fans from the Eurovision arena. The UK’s 2018 entrant SuRie included snippets of Thunberg’s emotionally-charged speech at the recent UN Climate Action Summit in her new music.
How Dare You: for 2 weeks I haven’t been able to get Greta Thunberg’s moving speech at the UN Climate Action Summit out of my head. Now it’s out of my head, onto staves, into bars, set to sounds; music the only language I properly understand. SATB come at me. pic.twitter.com/FPVqon4gVe
— SuRie (@surieofficial) October 7, 2019
Moreso, Thunberg can turn to her mother — the opera star-cum-pop singer and Sweden’s 2009 Eurovision entrant Malena Ernman, who Thunberg credits for helping her navigate the media.
“That’s one of the pros of having a famous mother…I’m quite familiar with the media and how it works,” Thunberg told The New York Times earlier this year.
We could only dream of Ernman singing her daughter’s praises, turning Eurovision into Envirovision!