Winchester University in England is being criticized for its plan to erect a life-sized statue of 18-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg on March 30.
"What a total waste of money," said local resident Simon Dixon. "Total waste of money. I wonder whose bright idea that was."
Henry Osbourne, a student of the university, is questioning why he and fellow students "weren't given a vote over who to have a statue of?"
At a cost of more than $32,000, the "Make a Difference" statue is being completed by British artist Christine Charlesworth.
"The university wanted a sculpture of Greta because it is a very ‘green' university, and they feel that Greta will be an inspiration to all the students," Charleworth said.