Poll: Is Greta Thunberg the voice of a generation or self-entitled Gen Z-er?

  • 28/09/2019

With a climate action summit at the United Nations (UN), a major speech from Jacinda Ardern and strikes across New Zealand on Friday, climate change has been in the spotlight all week.

One of the loudest voices calling for more urgent action was 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, who told UN member states they had "stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words".

That divided many who called her passionate speech too full on. The AM Show host Duncan Garner described it as "dramatic" and "counterproductive", but newsreader Amanda Gillies said: "We should be embracing this."

"If she's going to stand up, a 16-year-old woman on the world stage and hold leaders to account, good on her," Gillies said,

Newshub's managing editor Mark Longley said she "spoke more sense about climate change than we have heard from many [adults]".

So, do you think Thunberg is the voice of a generation or a self-entitled Gen Z-er?