A 19-year-old German woman is being dubbed the “anti-Greta” Thunberg for her blonde appearance, European citizenship, eloquence and, above all, her forceful denunciation of “climate alarmism.”
Thunberg famously scolded world leaders at last year’s U.N. Climate Action Summit in New York in a passionate speech that instantly went viral.
“How dare you?” Thunberg said at the time.
Naomi Seibt doesn’t like the comparison to Thunberg, a 17-year-old Swede who has become the face of climate change activism.
“The reason I don’t like the term anti-Greta is that it suggests I myself am an indoctrinated puppet, I guess, for the other side,” Seibt said in a YouTube video produced by the Heartland Institute.
“These days, climate change science isn’t really science at all,” she added.
In a Monday feature, the Washington Post downplayed Seibt’s impact, comparing her just under 50,000 subscribers on YouTube to Thunberg’s 4 million Twitter subscribers. Seibt, who joined Twitter earlier this month, has only 865 Twitter followers, but nearly three times the number of YouTube subscribers as Thunberg, who has only 18,000.
Thousands of people came to protest against this event. But I’m not fighting you, protesters. I’m fighting totalitarianism. I’m fighting for free speech.
— Naomi Seibt (@SeibtNaomi) February 16, 2020
Seibt is being promoted by the Chicago-based libertarian think tank the Heartland Institute, who sees her as a “star.”
Naomi Seibt tells YouTube viewers, “I want you to think”
“She’s a fantastic voice for free markets and for climate realism,” James Taylor, director of the Arthur B. Robinson Center for Climate and Environmental Policy at Heartland told the Washington Post. After Heartland promoted her at its Climate Reality Forum at the U.N. climate conference in Madrid in December, it hired her as the face of its campaign to question the narrative of catastrophic anthropogenic, or man-made, global warming.
Heartland produced another video titled: “Naomi Seibt vs. Greta Thunberg: whom should we trust?” and Seibt is scheduled to appear later this week at the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, the annual gathering in the Washington area of conservative activists.
“I want you to think,” Seibt says in another Heartland video.
Seibt’s photograph is positioned opposite Thunberg’s at one point.
She declares she’s a new member of Heartland and tells viewers, “I’ve got very good news for you. The world is not ending because of climate change.”
“We are currently being force-fed a very dystopian agenda of climate alarmism,” she adds in her British-tinged accent. “I don’t want you to panic. I want you to think.”
The latter comment was a reference to Thunberg’s remark to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland last year where she told the attendees she did want them to panic.
According to the Post, Seibt’s political activism was catalyzed by Germany’s liberal immigration policies from a few years ago. The reaction from teachers and fellow students reinforced her skepticism but more recent events such as “Fridays for Futures” protests turned her attention to global warming.
Thunberg declined to comment on Seibt, her spokespeople told the Post.
“Climate change alarmism, at it’s very core, is a very despicably anti-human ideology,” Seibt says in one of the Heartland videos.
“The other side they call us climate deniers, and I hate that term, especially as a German. It is so rude to refer to someone as a climate denier, because there is obviously a connection to the term holocaust denier, which carries a lot of weight in Germany.”