Greta Thunberg has accused political and business elites of putting “corporate greed” and “short-term profits” above the planet at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Speaking with other activists in Davos, Switzerland, Ms. Thunberg, 20, said the elite ” Climate crisisAnd fueling the destruction of the planet.
Ms. Thunberg’s comments follow. Brief detention at eco-protests in Germany Tuesday against the demolition of a village for the expansion of a nearby coal mine.
He said: “We’re in Davos right now where it’s basically the people who are fueling most of the destruction of the planet, the people who are at the center of the climate crisis, the people who invest in fossil fuels. Yet somehow these are the people we seem to trust to solve our problems.
“They have proven time and time again that they are not prioritizing that. They are prioritizing self-greed, corporate greed and short-term economic profit above people and the planet.”
He was joined by other activists who brought a joint letter with nearly 900,000 signatures calling on fossil fuel company owners to halt all new oil and gas projects.
Dozens of climate activists have protested at the forum. Some in clown makeup waved banners and chanted at the end of the Davos promenade on Sunday.
While the need to pay attention to the forum has been discussed. Climate change Among other topics, it has faced criticism for being a talking shop that rarely results in direct action.
Ms Thunberg said the change needed was highly unlikely to come from within Davos, but from “bottom-up” and public pressure from outside.
Despite rumours, no arrests were made.
Despite claims circulating on social media, Ms Thunberg’s brief detention at a protest near the village of Luitzerth in western Germany was not held.
Rumors suggest that the incident was carried out in collaboration with the police.
However, German police, Reuters journalists and photographers on site confirmed that this was false.
A spokesman for Aachen police said they had not detained Ms Thunberg, saying she was not “extra” to him.
Scientists say no new fossil fuel projects can go ahead if the world is to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius in line with the climate goals agreed in Paris in 2015.
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