©RV - Greta with her sister and parents.

According to her mother Malena Ernman (48), 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg can see CO2 with the naked eye. She writes that in the book ‘Scenes from the heart. Our life for the climate’, which she wrote with her family.

Greta was diagnosed as a child with obsessive-compulsive disorder and Asperger’s syndrome, just like her younger sister Beata. The activist also has a photographic memory. She knows all the capitals by heart and can list all the chemical elements of the periodic table within one minute. In addition, she has another gift according to her mother. “Greta is able to see what other people cannot see,” writes Malena Ernman in the book. “She can see carbon dioxide with the naked eye. She sees how it flows out of chimneys and changes the atmosphere in a landfill.”

Learning about climate change at a young age caused a landslide in Greta’s environment. She was eight years old when she first saw photos and images about the plastics in the oceans on television and at school and heard that global warming is caused by human activity.

“Greta suddenly stopped eating one day after another,” her mother writes. “Because of an eating disorder, we had to count the number of gnocchis in her plate to see if she did get enough. And to eat a third of a banana, it took them an hour.” Greta stopped going to school, cried constantly and only spoke to her parents, sister and one teacher. At the age of eleven, she slipped into depression.

She only crawled out of that valley when she felt heard by her family. Gradually she was able to convince her parents to lower the heating, to stop eating meat. In the meantime, the family lives vegan, they have their own vegetable garden outside the city and they only drive their electric car if they deem it necessary. Her mother also no longer flies – however, an internationally renowned opera singer.

In 2009, Malena Ernman represented Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest, but now she chose a career close to home in Stockholm. Her father Svante, an actor, was named after his great-grandmother’s cousin: Born in 1859, Svante Arrhenius was the first to predict how an increase in CO2 will cause a greenhouse effect.

39 COMMENTS

  1. True story.

    I saw the same once on LSD – It is a very beautifull sight to see…. CO2 is the most wonderfull rainbow cloud <3 , Especially when unicorns are riding them….

  2. But of course, let’s base our political and economic choices on the rants of a teenager who can see CO2 with her naked eyes!

  3. Seriously there are people who actually believe this kind of nonsense ? Woau , where can we go from here with this eco-madness ?

  4. The upside for the sane and frustrated (us) is that those jokers are eating vegetables, rice and donuts, driving a stupid, expensive, unreliable, electric sh*t boxes. They live guilt and fear. So that’s all good whilst threat of us enjoy the decline eh.?

  5. It must be quite disturbing looking around at the people around you appearing as if it were a 50 degree below zero day spewing CO2 out of their nose and mouth like a power plant cooling tower. Anyone who could see CO2 must also be able to see methane, so being aware of ever fart in site. A meadow of Jersey cows must be a horror, not to mention what the cloud must be like when she watches her mother perform opera and an opera house. Imagine the cloud being expelled by her mother when Belting chiaroscuro of an Aria. No wonder they need a chimney in their home.

    OK, ok, some say it is metaphor, I will never take the time to bother to read the book, but metaphors should be clear, this one fails on an exponential level.

  6. Child abuse.
    Tell your kid that there are monsters under their bed that will eat them.
    Tell them that their nightmares are real.

  7. Is this true or is it just another story like a woman giving birth to aliens story CO2 is invisible to the naked eye is someone pulling our leg again or is this the idea for some movie?

    • Someone made a really bad reading. It is part of a metaphor, not to be taken literally. These are Greta’s own words about this:

      “There is at least one new conspiracy theory a day.
      The latest – and perhaps most entertaining – spin is that ”I can see CO2 with my own eyes”.
      This is of course a metaphor from a book taken out of it’s context, taken from a German newspaper.
      No one has said that I can literally see CO2… that is beyond stupid.
      This should of course not be necessary to mention but since some respected newspapers have written about this without realizing that this is a fake news campaign I thought it was best to point this out.
      While I am at it I also want to point out that when I say that ”our civilisation is almost like a castle built in the sand” or that ”our house on fire” these are metaphors too 🙂 “

  8. She’s amazing… and the author somehow figured out how to transduce the smell of bullshit through the Internet because I got an overpowering whiff of it while reading this.

  9. This is a really bad reading of the book. It’s a metaphor, and followed by a referral to the story of the emperor’s new clothes, where an emperor is fooled into paying tailors for being nude. With a bit more context of the actual quote:

    “Because she saw what the rest of us didn’t want to see.
    Greta belonged to the small few who could see our carbon dioxide with the naked eye. She saw the greenhouse gases flowing out of our chimneys, hovering upwards with the winds, and turning the atmosphere into a gigantic invisible dump.
    She was the child, we were the emperor.
    And we were all naked.”
    (slightly modified google translation to make more sense)

    • To shrug it off with “It was just a metaphor, you blockheads” won’t do. It isn’t an obvious metaphor, and to compare it, as she does, with stock metaphors like “a castle built in the sand” is rather dishonest. But even taken metaphorically, the text is highly remarkable – something as rare as a pure example of modern hagiography. It’s clearly a mother who writes the legend of Her Daughter The Saint. Regardless of whether the claim that she can see carbon dioxide is supposed to be taken literally or not, it is obvious that Greta has gifts that we ordinary mortals do not possess, and that is why we should follow in her footsteps.

      Not entirely a sound way of reasoning, to my mind.

  10. Are the parents abusing her?
    Not psysically, but mentally?!
    Do they need to promote themselves on her behalf?

  11. “Greta is able to see what other people cannot see,”

    I am a retired psych nurse. We called that…hallucinations. This along with several other things mentioned tell me this girl is not gifted, she is mentally ill.

  12. This is what we are dealing with people! Man Made Global Warming is a total hoax, and 100% manufactured using false and altered data! A warming and cooling cycle is a natural event, and one that is going to happen regardless of any and all human activity. Short of a nuclear winter from a global atomic war! Even that will bring COLD not WARM temps, a far more destructive event. In fact, a warmer planet and higher CO2 would benefit everyone! Crops would grow to overflowing abundance, animal life would thrive, and life in general would be better. Who in their right mind wants to live on a cold dead planet? Only these eco-terrorists do, and they have loud voices that need to be silenced!

  13. This disturbed and brainwashed kid’s ramblings are not a worthy contribution to climate debate. That she has become used and that the MSM promotes her unquestioningly makes me despair.

  14. Ironically, Svante Arrhenius was of the opinion that increased co2 in the atmosphere was beneficial for the planet, as it has turned out to be.

  15. CO2 is invisible; has she got a “masspektrometer” instead of human eyes?
    maybe she means she confuses CO2 with water vapor, which is the gas you can see flowing out of chimneys

  16. Two questions:

    1. Did Greta have this mysterious gift before she “learned about climate change at a young age” or did it mysteriously develop after that?

    2. Are Greta and her mother willing to back this claim up by undergoing tests under laboratory conditions to see whether she really is able to discern higher or lower concentrations of CO2?

    • Maybe she is mistaking pictures of water vapour from chimneys, for co2? After all, this is what MSM is often using as illustrations of the climate crises, evoking half-buried memories of the dirty pollution from the industrial revolution age, by taking the pictures against a bright background, making the harmless vapour look like brown factory emissions. They don’t claim this to be co2 , but the association is easily made in peoples’ minds, and no amount of complaints about this seems to be able to stop such “unintentional” disinformation.

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