Meat Loaf says Greta Thunberg 'brainwashed', climate change not real

Meat Loaf and Greta Thunberg.
Meat Loaf and Greta Thunberg. Photo credit: Getty.

American rock icon Meat Loaf believes activist Greta Thunberg has been "brainwashed" into thinking that climate change is real.

The rockstar - best known for his Bat out of Hell trilogy of albums and who has also appeared on Donald Trump's Celebrity Apprentice show - told The Daily Mail that climate change doesn't exist. 

Despite thousands of internationally-regarded scientists from different corners of the world agreeing the world is warming and that humans are accelerating this, Meat Loaf has his view. 

"I feel for that Greta. She has been brainwashed into thinking that there is climate change and there isn't," the musician told The Daily Mail

"She hasn't done anything wrong but she's been forced into thinking that what she is saying is true."

Meat Loaf is referencing Thunberg, the Swedish teen climate activist who was named Time's Person of the Year in 2019 for her work in raising global awareness. A speech she gave at the UN, calling out world leaders for inaction, also received acclaim.

"Thunberg has become the biggest voice on the biggest issue facing the planet - and the avatar of a broader generational shift in our culture that is playing out everywhere from the campuses of Hong Kong to the halls of Congress in Washington," said Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal. 

Meat Loaf spoke to The Daily Mail while promoting a new vegetarian range of food. In recent years, the singer has been rarely seen in public. In 2016, he collapsed on stage due to dehydration, while in 2019 he fell and broke his collarbone. 

In 2019, more than 11,000 scientists from around the world have signed a declaration that the world is in the grips of a climate emergency that threatens "the fate of humanity". 

"Untold human suffering" is unavoidable unless drastic action is taken immediately, they argue, saying rising temperatures are just one of many signs the problem is getting worse. 

"The climate crisis has arrived and is accelerating faster than most scientists expected," their paper, published in the journal BioScience reads, blaming the "excessive consumption of the wealthy lifestyle".