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Major broadcaster BBC has come under fire after it sent one of its presenters on a flight to Sweden to interview climate activist Greta Thunberg. 

Presenter Mishal Husain was sent on a return flight to Stockholm to interview the 16-year-old activist, who avoids traveling by plane due to its environmental impact. 

The flights reportedly ‘released nearly half a ton of carbon emissions per person’. 

‘Very disrespectful’

“Does the BBC not have access to modern technology like phones, Skype, or the myriad other video communications platforms? And this was for a radio program where the images would never even been seen. Stupid,” one user wrote on social media. 

While another person commented: “Very disrespectful of BBC to enable such a meeting/interview. Isn’t the whole point of her message ‘change’ and ‘awareness’. Yet, the BBC belittled her by sending a journalist on a plane…”

‘It felt awkward’ 

Speaking to The Sunday Times, Sarah Sands, Editor of Radio 4’s Today program said flying Husain to Sweden to interview Thunberg was something they had discussed. 

“It felt awkward but we did not have the time for trains or boats,” she added. 

Liam Gilliver

Liam is the Deputy Editor and Social Media Coordinator for Plant Based News. He has written for a number of top publications including Gay Times, Attitude Magazine, Oh Comely, and The Huffington Post - and is the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.