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A teenage eco-warrior goes viral for a live radio interview in which she tears at people flying to vacation hotspots like Fiji – before admitting she’s just returned from that very trip with her family.

Izzy Cook, 16, left NewstalkZB presenter Heather du Plessis-Allan, who laughed hysterically in her admission on Friday while discussing the Greta Thunberg-inspired School Strike 4 Climate she is leading in Wellington, New Zealand.

During the chat, the teenage environmentalists pushed for a plan that would require people to apply to take fuel-guzzling flights and only for approved events.

When asked by her interviewer whether people would be “allowed to travel to Fiji” and whether such a trip would be considered “necessary,” the teen replied firmly, “In the current climate crisis, I don’t think it’s necessary.”

After admitting that her own last flight was “maybe a few months ago,” Cook hesitated when asked where she was flying to.

New Zealand activist Izzy Cook, 16, is going viral for her interview that sent NewstalkZB host Heather du Plessis-Allan into hysteria.

“Fiji,” she finally answered – and made du Plessis-Allan burst out laughing.

“Izzy!” said the interviewer, struggling to hold back her laughter.

“Izzy! Don’t you care about the climate, Izzy?” she asked in the clip, which had been shared more than a million times as of Wednesday.

When the teen replied that she “of course” cared, du Plessis-Allan quipped, “Not enough! You went to Fiji! Izzy, come on mate – are you serious?”

After more peals of laughter, she asked again, “Are you serious, Izzy?”

NewstalkZB presenter Heather du Plessis-Allan.
Heather du Plessis-Allan struggled to control her laughter after filming the teen.

The teenager eventually admitted it was “pretty ironic.”

“But to be honest, it’s not really a trip I wanted to do, but I can’t really get away from it because my parents wanted to go,” she insisted.

The radio host asked if the teen is “embarrassed that your parents did this to the planet and then forced you to do it too?”

“Of course I’m not embarrassed,” Cook said firmly.

When asked if she had “a terrible time” on her sun-soaked holiday, the teen admitted “not really” – which caused even louder laughter from her interviewer.

“I’m sorry mate,” du Plessis-Allan said, struggling to control her laughter enough to call the teen “such a champion” with a “brilliant future ahead of her,” and promising to put her back in the show involve the future.

Los Angeles activists are taking part in a global global climate strike on September 23.
Cook was interviewed about her role in a New Zealand version of School Strike 4 Climate, similar to the one here in Los Angeles.
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Clips of the exchange quickly went viral, with many responding with laughing emojis and calling it hypocrisy “at its finest” and “on steroids.”

“Another elite spouting does what I say not what I do,” one person commented, while another said, “It’s all virtue signal from these libs.”

“She’s like a typical politician! Hypocrites!” she said.

Cook’s mother wasn’t laughing, however – she ripped through her daughter’s interviewer in a scathing comment for online magazine The Spinoff.

“On Friday night I listened in horror as my 16-year-old daughter had a phone conversation with someone who appeared to be bullying, laughing at and talking about her,” wrote Rose Cook.

“As soon as she ended the call, I wanted to know who the hell was talking to my kid that way,” she said.

Cook said that while her daughter’s activism has given her “some media experience,” she was “unprepared for Heather du Plessis-Allan.”

“Commentators like you Plessis-Allan don’t care about climate change,” she fumed, accusing the radio host of relying on “caught” moments to score points and discredit their opponents.”

“You seem particularly interested in looking after our youth, whose future is most at stake,” the defensive mom wrote.

She, too, insisted the teen didn’t want to leave and instead “wanted to stay home and study.”

“But I insisted out of selfishness because I wanted to spend that time with her,” the mother claimed.

“Heather du Plessis-Allan gave birth this year. I hope no one ever speaks to her child like she did to mine,” the mother ended her angry rebuttal.

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