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Artist, Shane Balkowitsch, has proposed to the Renaissance Zone Authority in North Dakota, an idea to install a mural of Ms Thunberg in the states capital city, Bismarck. The location is on the south side of the Brick Oven Bakery building.

The Bakery’s owners say they don’t own the building and so have no say in the possible artwork being erected.

Several people reacted negatively to the news, taking to Twitter to voice their outrage.

One user simply resounded with a line of “sick face” emojis.

Meanwhile, another wrote: “Dear Renaissance Zone Authority, she does NOT, in fact, stand for us “all”.

“Many of us realise that her naive and misguided ideas about how to fix the worlds problems would actually lead to economic collapse, mass starvation and tremendous human suffering.

“Find someone worthy.”

A third person was more concise in their reposes, and wrote: “Please STOP.”

According to the Renaissance Zone Authority agenda, the mural would portray Balkowitsch’s “Standing for Us All” image of Thunberg taken at Standing Rock.

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“There’s nothing specific in that ally right now.

“It’s nothing more than an ally and this’ll be my third installation in the city.”

The Renaissance zone is meeting Thursday to discuss the mural further.

Mr Balkowitsch, who grew up in Bismarck, said he feels it a huge honour to benefit the city through his art.

His work is currently curated in 21 different archives around the world.

This includes the Smithsonian and the Library of Congress.

He also has murals behind Toasted Frog and on the Capital Gallery – both in Bismarck.

Yesterday, viewers in the UK voiced their outrage after learning that BBC Studios were planning on running a series into the rise of Ms Thunberg, as well as climate change and the challenges the movement to prevent it faces.

Many used the opportunity to tie in their concern about the licence fee – this adding to the current tension and uncertainty of it potentially being scrapped.

Viewers exclaimed they did not want to fund something that did not represent their views with licence fee money, with one Twitter user writing: “What are her qualifications to be interviewed for anything at all Zero. This is yet more BBC propaganda and misinformation being presented as if it was factual. Another reason (if one was needed) to axe the TV tax.”

Viewers need not fear, however, as BBC Studio’s is the corporations commercial branch, and in fact supplements the licence fee.

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