Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg’s first television program in London on April 14 suffered a resounding fall as it proved disappointing to the audience, despite all the BBC’s efforts to push it.
The program: “Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World” was presented at 9 p.m., the prime time slot, according to Breitbart.
So high were the BBC’s hopes for success that it scheduled three one-hour broadcasts, but according to Overnight TV rating data, the program on the BBC’s leading network, BBC1, lost 55% of its audience from the previous slot.
It averaged just 1.08 million viewers, down from 3.56 million the previous week with an 18.9 percent audience share for its Master chef program.
Thunberg’s program included the participation of Sir David Attenborough, the best-known British scientist and naturalist. It featured derogatory allusions to former U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The staging with impressive images of natural phenomena supposedly endangered by climate change, and long shots of Thunberg looking anguished and passionate, was not enough could not prevent the failure of the program.
Meanwhile, various theories are postulated for the causes of the failure, such as “the audience is suffering from a severe case of Greta fatigue, and viewers aren’t nearly as interested in climate doom as politicians, green activists, or the BBC think they ought to be,” according to author James Delingpole.
The series has already been shown in other countries as Thunberg transited through them while suspending her school attendance for a year. Her series “explores the science of global warming and challenges world leaders about the growing crisis.”
For well-known environmental activist and essayist Michael Shellenberger, Thunberg’s campaign is overblown, stating, “Greta Thunberg’s alarmism is hurting the children she thinks she is saving.”
Shellenberger found that “Definitely a big part of this is that my concern that this apocalyptic alarmism is harming the mental health of adolescents, but it’s also hurting other things.”
He said, “Climate emerges at exactly the moment when it was clear that overpopulation wasn’t going to be the big concern everybody thought it was. When climate goes away as an apocalyptic concern, something else will emerge. No doubt about it.”
Likewise, the “demands are the same: Don’t let emerging countries have fossil fuels, for heaven’s sake. Don’t let them industrialize. How terrible. Don’t let them move to cities, keep them in the villages, let’s give them a solar panel and a battery, that ought to be good enough. It’s pretty dark stuff.”
Thunberg has already been called “an imposter” and “a “puppet child” by the Spanish political party Vox for unduly pressuring nations after she spoke at the U.N. climate summit in New York on Sept. 23, 2019.
He also said the teenager “is dedicated to traveling around the planet blaming us for the fact that 90% of the plastic in the oceans is dumped by Asians and Africans.” He was referring to the speech delivered by her before the U.N. leaders gathered in New York.