Davos leaders ignored climate activists demands: Thunberg

Katie Ramirez
January 28, 2020

Ivanka Trump cheered teenage climate change crusader Greta Thunberg for calling attention to the dire issue in a statement going against President Trump's criticism of the young activist, according to a report.

The 50th edition of the annual Swiss Alps forum wrapped up with the menace of climate change hammered into the minds of participants but doubt over whether any concrete action would be forthcoming.

He told the Davos panel that she should study economics and then quote "she can come back and explain that to us".

"We had a few demands (coming into the World Economic Forum). We expected nothing less", she told reporters on January 24, before marching through the streets of Davos with dozens of young activists.

She spoke to reporters along with four other young climate activists, before they set off through the streets of Davos for the latest weekly Fridays for Future campaign that she launched.

One person who wasn't impressed with Thunberg's words was Donald Trump's pick for Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin.

"Is she the economist? Who is she? I'm confused", Mnuchin said, emphasising after a pause that this was a joke.

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"We can not care about those kinds of things", insisting that her priority was drawing attention and action to concerns about global warming.

When asked if the comment had any effect on her, she matter-of-factly replied: "Of course, no effect". "If we were careful we could not do what we do. We put ourselves in the spotlight", she added.

Mnuchin launched a new defense of U.S. policy on Friday, insisting that the Trump government take care of the environment, but that problems should not be limited to climate change alone.

This year, climate change took center stage.

White said corporations would have to tell staff, "You don't have to come into work this week, we're all planting trees", and governments will have to deposit trees in all the schools, to actually carry out the plan. You are the ones who are giving up'.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned at Davos this year that climate change could leave humanity "doomed".

"We need to act in order to make sure we are not doomed", he said.

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