January 21, 2020
Greta Thunberg has blasted global elites for not doing enough to deal with the climate emergency as the teenage activist told the World Economic Forum in Davos: “Our house is still on fire.”
Greta Thunberg In Fresh War Of Words With Donald Trump At Davos
The 17-year-old has become a figurehead for a global climate movement and her appearance on a panel in the Swiss ski resort was a sign of her growing influence on the world’s powerbrokers.
In her address to politicians, NGO leaders and business leaders, Thunberg did not hold back as she told them “your inaction is fuelling the flames by the hour”.
Here are five takeaways from her day in Davos.1. ‘Planting trees is nowhere near enough’In the most striking section of her speech, Thunberg said planting trees was not enough to address climate change.
The comment was a thinly-veiled rebuke to a pledge made in Davos by US president Donald Trump, less than an hour earlier, that the US would join an existing initiative to plant one trillion trees.
Thunberg responded by referring to “empty words and promises” by world leaders.
She said: “We are not telling you to keep talking about reaching ‘net zero emissions’ or ‘carbon neutrality’ by cheating and fiddling around with numbers.
“We are not telling you to ‘offset your emissions’ by just paying someone else to plant trees in places like Africa while at the same time forests like the Amazon are being slaughtered at an infinitely higher rate.
“Planting trees is good, of course, but it’s nowhere near enough of what is needed and it cannot replace real mitigation and rewilding nature.”2. Young activists attended DavosThree other young climate activists also spoke at the same panel as they said they hoped their generation had found its voice.
The combined age of the panel, which included water, electricity and health activists from Zambia, Puerto Rico and Canada, was 64 – younger than many of those in the audience.
Joining Thunberg among “change-makers” at Davos was Naomi Wadler, a 13-year-old anti-gun campaigner from the United States.
Wearing Doc Martens boots and chequered trousers, Wadler said she hoped to inspire as well as be inspired.
“I think it’s so great that we’re all invited [...] because this is something that hasn’t been done before,” Wadler, the youngest of the youth activists, told Reuters.
“The forum used to be made up of a lot of old, rich white men and so I think it’s really cool that we have so many people of colour.”
Among 10 “change-makers” profiled by the World Economic Forum on its website were Mohamad Al Jounde, 18, a Syrian education campaigner; Autumn Peltier, a 15-year-old Canadian who focuses on water resources; and Ayakha Melithafa, a 17-year-old environmentalist from South Africa.3. Thunberg demands immediate end to fossil fuel investmentsThunberg said those in the audience would see the demand as “naive”, but she said she and the children who support her were actually seeking the “bare minimum” necessary by calling for an end to all fossil fuel investment “now”.
She said: “We demand, at this year’s World Economic Forum, participants from all companies, banks, institutions and governments: immediately halt all investments in fossil fuel exploration and extraction.
“Immediately end all fossil fuel subsidies. And immediately and completely divest from fossil fuels.
“We don’t want these things done by 2050, 2030 or even 2021. We want this done now.”4. From activist to participantFor Thunberg, now a familiar face globally, her unforgiving speech marked the transition from campaigner to participant.
A year ago she was leading protests at Davos as well as speaking, warning the world that “the house is on fire” – a phrase she repeated on Tuesday.
This year, she was taking part in several high-profile panels, including delivering her speech shortly after Trump gave his keynote speech.5. Trump hits backThunberg has inspired millions to take action on climate change. A video of her giving Trump what media described as a “death stare” at a UN climate summit in New York in September went viral on social media.
She clearly still gets under the skin of the leader of the free world. In his speech, Trump branded climate activists “the heirs of yesterday’s foolish fortune tellers” as he claimed fears about overpopulation in the 1960s and the “end of oil” in the 1990s failed to come true.
Trump dismissed “perennial prophets of doom” on climate change in his address. While he did not directly name Thunberg, she was sitting in the audience for his speech.
Trump insisted that technical innovation, not restricting economic growth, is the way forward. “Fear and doubt is not a good thought process,” he said. “This is not a time for pessimism but a time for optimism.”Related... Greta Thunberg Had The Perfect Response To Being Called ‘Sharon’ On Celebrity Mastermind The Lost Decade: How We Awoke To Climate Change Only To Squander Every Chance To Act Greta Thunberg Meets David Attenborough Over Skype
Related Stories
Latest News
Top news around the world
Coronavirus Disease

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

Around the World

Celebrity News

> Latest News in Media

Watch It
Mario Lopez, Tiffani Thiessen react to Dustin Diamond’s cancer diagnosis | Page Six Celebrity News
January 15, 2021
x4Hz209X0eg
Why 'Bling Empire' stars were skeptical to join the Netflix reality series | Page Six Celebrity News
January 15, 2021
3oHt4Cqr1J0
Bella Thorne defends Armie Hammer against allegations | Page Six Celebrity News
January 15, 2021
W0-pu9wJVkE
Gabrielle Union Shares Romantic Video on Dwyane Wade's Birthday
January 17, 2021
WZNY1Oe4CEs
Jennifer Lopez Claps Back at Botox Claims, Denies Cosmetic Surgery
January 17, 2021
upVK1ilAgWs
Phil Spector Dies in Prison at Age 81
January 17, 2021
36NxAZVd5B4
Andrew Zimmern Says Prisoners Need Better Food, Even Capitol Rioters | TMZ
January 16, 2021
sbz0nx1qST0
L.A. County Supervisor Enraged Clinics Throw Unused Vaccines in the Trash | TMZ
January 14, 2021
Upzfh-nEbq0
Drake Returns To Working Out, Looks Great! | TMZ TV
January 14, 2021
JlKeaD2mjoA
Kevin Feige on 'WandaVision' And The Future of The Marvel Cinematic Universe on Disney Plus
January 14, 2021
9AzttR4LaWg
'Promising Young Woman' Ending Analyzed By Carey Mulligan And Emerald Fennell
January 14, 2021
Rhj2RmWVup4
Golden Globes 2021: Best Drama Series
January 13, 2021
TrTjbEY6VQU
TV Schedule
Late Night Show
Watch the latest shows of U.S. top comedians

Sports

Latest sport results, news, videos, interviews and comments
Latest Events
18
Jan
ENGLAND: Premier League
Arsenal - Newcastle United
18
Jan
ITALY: Serie A
Cagliari - AC Milan
17
Jan
ITALY: Serie A
Inter Milan - Juventus
17
Jan
ENGLAND: Premier League
Liverpool - Manchester United
17
Jan
ENGLAND: Premier League
Sheffield United - Tottenham Hotspur
17
Jan
ENGLAND: Premier League
Manchester City - Crystal Palace
17
Jan
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Bayern Munich - SC Freiburg
17
Jan
ITALY: Serie A
Napoli - Fiorentina
17
Jan
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Eintracht Frankfurt - Schalke
17
Jan
ITALY: Serie A
Atalanta - Genoa
17
Jan
ITALY: Serie A
Sassuolo - Parma
17
Jan
ITALY: Serie A
Crotone - Benevento
16
Jan
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Borussia Dortmund - Mainz
16
Jan
ENGLAND: Premier League
Fulham - Chelsea
15
Jan
ITALY: Serie A
Lazio - Roma
14
Jan
ENGLAND: Premier League
Arsenal - Crystal Palace
13
Jan
ENGLAND: Premier League
Manchester City - Brighton
13
Jan
ENGLAND: Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur - Fulham
13
Jan
GERMANY: National cup
Holstein Kiel - Bayern Munich
12
Jan
ENGLAND: Premier League
Burnley - Manchester United
12
Jan
SPAIN: La Liga
Atletico Madrid - Sevilla
10
Jan
ITALY: Serie A
Juventus - Sassuolo
10
Jan
ITALY: Serie A
Udinese - Napoli
Find us on Instagram
at @feedimo to stay up to date with the latest.
Featured Video You Might Like
zWJ3MxW_HWA L1eLanNeZKg i1XRgbyUtOo -g9Qziqbif8 0vmRhiLHE2U JFCZUoa6MYE UfN5PCF5EUo 2PV55f3-UAg W3y9zuI_F64 -7qCxIccihU pQ9gcOoH9R8 g5MRDEXRk4k
Copyright © 2020 Feedimo. All Rights Reserved.