CNN is tapping young climate activist Greta Thunberg to join their panel of experts speaking on the subject of “Coronavirus-Facts and Fears” on Thursday night, the channel announced on Twitter Wednesday.
The panel will also include former acting CDC director Richard Besser, former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and will be moderated by CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta and anchor Anderson Cooper.
Former acting CDC director Richard Besser, former HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius and activist Greta Thunberg join @AndersonCooper & @DrSanjayGupta for a live #CNNTownHall. Coronavirus – Facts and Fears, Thursday at 8 p.m. ET pic.twitter.com/I4FrXgwaL6
— CNN (@CNN) May 13, 2020
Thunberg has been vocal on the issue of climate change and was named Time Magazine’s 2019 Person of the Year. She famously spoke earlier that year before the United Nations, where she called out the world’s leaders for their inaction on the environmental issue.
“I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean, yet you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you. You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words, yet I am one of the lucky ones,” Thunberg said in her address.
She continued, “People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth. How dare you.”