HALESTORM 's Lzzy Hale has praised Greta Thunberg as "our modern-day Joan of Arc ," saying that the teenage climate activist is "sitting at a round table of young women who have inspired and shaped humanity."
The Swedish teenager has gained international media attention in recent months for her outspoken activism on climate change, including delivering an impassioned speech to the United Nations Climate Action Summit calling out world leaders for not responding to the climate crisis with more urgency.
President Donald Trump , who has repeatedly voiced skepticism about climate changere, shared video of Thunberg 's speech on Twitter , and above it wrote, sarcastically, that "she seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!"
Earlier today, Lzzy took to social media to share a photo of Thunberg at the U.N. podium and included the following message: "Our modern day Joan of Arc . @gretathunberg Thank you for your candor, grace,logic and beautiful anger. Wield your sword. You are sitting at a round table of young women who have inspired and shaped humanity."
Hale went on to name a few other children who made a positive difference in the world through words and actions, including Ruby Bridges , Anne Frank , Malala Yousafzai , Claudette Colvin , Audrey Faye Hendricks and Mary Shelley .
Thunberg seemingly took Trump 's slight in stride. Earlier today, she updated her Twitter bio to read: "A very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future."
In her speech to the U.N., Thunberg said: "This is all wrong. 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. And yet, I'm one of the lucky ones.
"People are suffering. People are dying and dying 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 continue to look away and come here saying that you're doing enough when the politics and solutions needed are still nowhere in sight," she said. "You say you hear us and that you understand the urgency, but no matter how sad and angry I am, I do not want to believe that. Because if you really understood the situation and still kept on failing to act then you would be evil, and that I refuse to believe."