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Who is Greta Thunberg? The 16-year-old activist every leader on the planet wants to meet

As anybody who has followed his political career will know all too well, it takes a lot for Michael Gove to feel shame. On Tuesday, though, after hearing the arguments of 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, the environment secretary was unusually contrite.

“As I listened to you I felt great admiration but also a sense of responsibility and guilt… I recognise we have not done nearly enough to deal with the problem of climate change,” he said. Thunberg – her hair in pigtails and a metal water bottle at her side – looked on, seeming unconvinced. “Suddenly, thanks to the leadership of Greta and others, it has become inescapable that we have to act.”

Earlier in the day, Thunberg…

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