- "The climate and the environment is a hot topic right now, and a lot of that is thanks to young people pushing," Thunberg said.
- Trump said it was necessary to "reject the perennial prophets of doom and their predictions of the apocalypse."
- The 50th edition of the event, which runs until Friday, will have the participation of 53 heads of state and 1,680 businessmen.
The World Economic Forum’s 50th edition kicked off on Tuesday in Davos, Switzerland, dominated by debates on matters touching on climate change. For the second year in a row, young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg was invited to attend the conference. Early in the event, she criticized the world economic elite, who did practically nothing to combat climate change.
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump was quick to react, and lashed out at “the perennial prophets of doom.” The young activist’s statement sounded like a cold shower for world leaders gathered at the Swiss ski resort and their promises for the environment. Asked to reflect on what, if anything, in regard to matters environmental conservation had improved in recent years, Thunberg responded, “in one aspect, lots has happened that no one could have predicted.”
“The climate and the environment is a hot topic right now, and a lot of that is thanks to young people pushing,” Thunberg said. “But, of course, if you see it from another perspective, pretty much nothing has been done since the global emissions of CO2 (have) not reduced. That, of course, is what we are trying to achieve, among other things.” She added, “it will require much more than this. This is just the very beginning.”
Trump, Climate Denialist
Trump, who downplays the consequences of climate change, was true to his reputation during his speech in Davos. In front of Greta Thunberg, who was in the audience, the American president said it was necessary to “reject the perennial prophets of doom and their predictions of the apocalypse.” Campaigning for his re-election in November, and just hours from the start of his impeachment trial, Trump arrived in Davos this morning.
During the meeting, he hopes to promote the benefits of his policy to world economic leaders and “raise billions of dollars in investments for the United States.” Before landing in Switzerland, the President tweeted, “we are by far the number 1 in the Universe.”
The 50th edition of the event, which runs until Friday, will have the participation of 53 heads of state and 1,680 businessmen, the overwhelming majority of whom are men (76%). In all, 3,000 people, representing 117 countries, will participate in the Forum. In addition to Trump, the list of political personalities present includes European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, and Chinese Vice President Han Zheng. Brazil will be represented by the Minister of Economy, Paulo Guedes. At the heart of the discussions is the climate issue, but also trade tensions.
In her speech at the same event last year, Thunberg implored the gathering that she wanted them to work with speed on matters conservation of the environment with “panic” and to “act as you would in a crisis.” She implored the audience at last year’s WEF, “I want you to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is.”