Fact check: No, Greta Thunberg did not say climate change is a hoax
The claim: Greta Thunberg said climate change is a hoax
A Jan. 31 Instagram post (direct link, archive link) includes an image of climate activist Greta Thunberg speaking into a microphone.
"Greta Thunberg reveals climate change is a hoax: 'It's all about the money and controlling people,'" the post reads.
Similar iterations of the post accumulated thousands of likes.
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Our rating: False
There is no record of Thunberg, a climate activist, saying that climate change is a hoax. The post presents no evidence to back up this claim.
Thunberg did not say climate change is a hoax
Thunberg's climate activism is well-documented.
She began conducting skolstrejk för klimatet or "school strikes for climate" when she was 15. On Feb. 3, she posted that it was the 233rd week of her climate strikes.
There is no record of Thunberg saying climate change is made up. And the posts making the claim offered no evidence to support it.
In 2021, a video of her purportedly saying that climate change is a hoax went viral, but several news outlets determined the video was fabricated.
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There is copious proof that climate change is real, including increasing global temperatures, rising sea levels and decreasing Antarctic ice sheets.
USA TODAY has debunked a variety of false claims about Thunberg, including that she staged her detainment in Germany and that her global climate conference was canceled because of subarctic temperatures.
The social media users who shared the post could not be reached for comment.
Our fact-check sources:
Greta Thunberg, accessed Feb. 3, Twitter profile
Greta Thunberg, Feb. 3, Tweet
USA TODAY, June 23, 2021, Fact check: A doctored video of Greta Thunberg changes her meaning
USA TODAY, Sept. 24, 2019, Transcript of Greta Thunberg speech on climate change: 'How dare you?'
NASA, Jan. 25, Evidence | Facts – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet (nasa.gov)
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Fact check: No, Greta Thunberg did not say climate change is a hoax