Greta Thunberg says climate demands 'completely ignored' at Davos

24 Janvier, 2020, 17:57 | Auteur: Auguste Feret

Asked for her impressions of the event, a clearly underwhelmed Thunberg was to the point, saying "We had a few demands (coming into the World Economic Forum)".

"We can not care about those kinds of things", Thunberg said Friday before the start of a protest in the Swiss town hosting this week's World Economic Forum, where the 17-year-old Swedish activist gave a fiery Tuesday speech.

"The situation is not being treated like the crisis it is", Thunberg added".

Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg said her demand at Davos that world leaders immediately stop investing in fossil fuels had been "completely ignored" after she was branded "a joke" by the USA treasury secretary. Of course these demands have been completely ignored.

At a news conference before the march, she acknowledged young climate activists "are being criticized all the time" in comments like those from U.S. Treasury chief Steven Mnuchin.

"If we were careful we could not do what we do".

She called her clashes with Trump "horrible" but added: "We can't care about those types of things. We put ourselves in the spotlight".

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Numerous 3,000-odd business leaders, government officials, United Nations representatives, civil society advocates and other elites on hand have found themselves somewhere along the spectrum between the positions staked out by Trump and Thunberg.

Thunberg, who was selected as Time's Person of the Year for 2019, has returned to the World Economic Forum's annual summit in Davos, Switzerland, this week to press her call for businesses, world leaders and others to take action in the face of scientific evidence showing that temperatures on Earth are rising.

Asked about Mr Mnuchin's comments, Ms Thunberg said: "Of course it has no effect".

Thunberg and four other young campaigners spoke to reporters before their "Fridays for Future" protest through Davos.

He said the reason the USA left the Paris climate agreement - which calls for blocking global warming at well below 2C, and 1.5C if possible - "was not because we don't support the environment (but because) we thought it wasn't a fair and balanced agreement".

"I don't know how they evaluate what we say, hopefully they listen, but generally I do think they dismiss us because of our age".

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