FACT CHECK: Did Greta Thunberg Claim That Climate Change Is A Hoax?

Joseph Casieri | Fact Check Reporter

An image shared on social media purports Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg claimed Climate Change was a hoax and it was about “money and controlling people.”


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Verdict: False

The claim is baseless. There is no evidence that supports this claim.

Fact Check:

At the recent World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, Thunberg lambasted the attendees during a panel on climate change, CNBC News reported. The Swedish climate activist accused the attendees of “prioritizing greed and short-term profits” rather than addressing issues around the climate, according to the outlet.

An Instagram post claims Thunberg revealed climate change is fake. The post shares an image of Thunberg speaking at an event with a news-like graphic. “Greta Thunberg reveals climate change is a hoax,” the post reads. A subtext reads, “it’s all about money and controlling people.”

The claim is baseless. The post offers no source for this claim. There has been no credible news report that suggests she made any such remarks. There are no such claims found on any of her verified social media accounts or through the deleted tweet tracker, PolitiTweet, that suggests any such sentiment that matches this comment.

A video did spread online a few years ago that purported to show Thunberg claiming that “the climate crisis does not exist,” according to Reuters. However, this video was debunked and shown to be a fabrication by the outlet. (RELATED: Did The Trump Campaign Send This Email Impersonating Ron DeSantis?)

This is not the first time false quotes have been attributed to prominent figures online. Check Your Fact recently debunked a claim a Fox News executive said “disrespecting their viewers’ intelligence was the most profitable business decision they ever made” on a hot mic.

Joseph Casieri

Fact Check Reporter