Following remarks from President Donald Trump telling her to “chill,” star climate change activist Greta Thunberg has announced she will be taking a “break.”
“I will be home for Christmas and then I will take a holiday break because you need to take rest,” Thunberg, 16, told reporters in Turin on Friday, according to Reuters.
“Otherwise you cannot do this all the time.”
Thunberg, who rose to fame while skipping school every Friday to demonstrate against the Swedish government, arrived in Turn by ground transportation following her attendance at a U.N. climate summit in Madrid.
“2019 is almost over. We must make sure that 2020 is the year of action, is the year when we bend the global emissions curve,” she said to a crowd of fellow activists.
“We are going to put pressure on those in power, we are going to make sure that they will act and they will take responsibility.”
Thunberg’s practice of skipping school on a weekly basis inspired a global movement called Fridays for Future, which has attracted millions of similarly disaffected teens from around the world.
“We are very excited to have Greta protesting side-by-side with us,” said Thunberg’s fellow activist, Elena Costa. “We want to explain our goals to everyone and invite everyone to come Friday after Friday, every single week.”
“Chill Greta, Chill!”
The president reacted on Thursday to news that Greta Thunberg had been named Time’s 2019 “Person of the Year” by urging the teen climate activist to “chill.”
“So ridiculous. Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!” Trump tweeted Thursday morning in response to “Touched by an Angel” actress Roma Downey’s message of congratulations to Thunberg.
So ridiculous. Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill! https://t.co/M8ZtS8okzE
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2019
Time announced Thunberg as 2019’s “Person of the Year” winner on Wednesday.