It’s been a long week for 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg, who furiously addressed the U.N. Climate Action Summit on Monday and drew the ire of President Donald Trump for having the audacity to point out that climate change is real.
Not to be deterred, Thunberg addressed her “haters” in a Twitter thread on Wednesday, writing, “I honestly don’t understand why adults would choose to spend their time mocking and threatening teenagers and children for promoting science, when they could do something good instead.” (A great question for, say, Piers Morgan.)
Instead of stooping to her critics’ level and engaging with the vitriolic comments that have been made about everything from her appearance to her mental health, Thunberg redirected the conversation back to her activism.
“Don’t waste your time giving them any more attention,” she wrote, reminding her audience about the School Strike for Climate movement she helped found. The youth-led climate activist movement was in full swing last Friday at the New York Climate Strike, and Thunberg has made it clear she has no plans to stop agitating for her cause, no matter how much name-calling she’s subjected to.
This isn’t the first time this week Thunberg has taken to Twitter to stand up for herself. After Trump fired off a tweet sarcastically calling her a “very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future” on Monday, Thunberg changed her Twitter bio to include and reclaim his words.
No matter what supposed “adults” say about her, Thunberg’s latest Twitter thread proves that she’s already more adept at gracefully dealing with trolls than most of her elders—even when the troll in question happens to be the leader of the free world.
Originally Appeared on Vogue