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New Zealand Parliament member Chlöe Swarbrick uses quip

Green Party candidate Chloe Swarbrick during the 2017 Green Party Conference at AUT Auckland during the 2017 Green Party Conference on July 16, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand.

When Chlöe Swarbrick discussed climate change on the floor of the New Zealand Parliament, she was sure to bring up her age as a young politician who will feel the effects of global warming.

“How many world leaders for how many decades have seen and known what is coming but have decided that it is more politically expedient to keep it behind closed doors?” the Green Party member asked. 

“My generation and the generations after me do not have that luxury. In the year 2050 I will be 56 years old, yet right now, the average age of this 52nd Parliament is 49 years old.”

As she spoke, a fellow member, seemingly taken aback by her comment on age, interjected: “That’s impossible.”

Swarbrick, 25, responded, quickly, cuttingly and with a quip that only a millennial could pull off: “OK, boomer.




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