Greta Thunberg throws support behind US presidential candidate Joe Biden

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Teen activist Greta Thunberg showed support for Democrat Joe Biden, urging voters concerned about the environment to make their voices heard in the presidential election.

The Swedish 17-year-old said in a Tweet that she never engages in party politics, but that "the upcoming US elections is above and beyond all that".

Thunberg, who sparked a global climate protest movement after striking outside the Swedish parliament in 2018, could encourage participation among younger voters who are typically less likely to vote than older Americans.

After Thunberg was named Time Magazine's Person of the Year in 2019, US President Donald Trump mocked the teen, tweeting she needed to "work on her anger management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend".

Trump also sarcastically commented on Thunberg's speech to a United Nations climate summit last year, in which she angrily denounced world leaders for failing to tackle climate change by demanding: "How dare you?".

Thunberg and the Fridays for Future movement was nominated for this year's Nobel Peace Prize, which on Friday was awarded to The United Nations' World Food Programme.

Trump, a Republican, has focused on dismantling former President Barack Obama's climate agenda to free the energy and auto industries from the costs of regulations meant to protect health and the environment, while Biden has a focus on a new massive green infrastructure.

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