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Image manipulated to show teen climate activist with billionaire George Soros

September 23, 2019 GMT

CLAIM: Photo shows Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg with billionaire liberal philanthropist George Soros. 

AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The photo was manipulated to include Soros. 

THE FACTS: Social media users began circulating the manipulated image on Facebook and Twitter after Thunberg arrived in New York ahead of the Climate Action Summit at the United Nations. In the original photo, Thunberg is pictured with former Vice President Al Gore. Thunberg tweeted the original photo on Dec. 30, 2018. 

“Thank you @algore for being a true pioneer,” she wrote in the post with the photo. “Very few people have done more. It was an honour to meet you. #climatecrisis #climatebreakdown”

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The 16-year-old activist spoke Monday at the 2019 U.N. climate summit in New York where she delivered an emotional call to action and criticized world leaders for their inaction. 

Thunberg, who has become the voice of the youth global climate action movement, crossed the Atlantic in a solar-powered boat, traveling two weeks from Plymouth, England, to New York City, where she arrived Aug. 28.

She began her protest movement by missing school to demonstrate outside of the Swedish parliament in 2018. Since then students around the world have followed her lead hosting their own climate protests.

Thunberg spoke to tens of thousands of protesters on Friday during a global climate marches and rallies worldwide. 

Social media users have shared memes and posts during her visit criticizing Thunberg for her environmental activism. 

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