Greta Thunberg: 'Nothing Has Been Done' to Fight Climate Change

James Marshall
January 22, 2020

Speaking of climate activists, he said: "These alarmists always demand the same thing - absolute power to dominate, transform and control every aspect of our lives". "We've been talking about it for a while, and hopefully we can get something done".

The forum's own Global Risks report published last week warned that "climate change is striking harder and more rapidly than many expected" with global temperatures on track to increase by at least three degrees Celsius (5.4 degrees Fahrenheit) towards the end of the century.

This is Trump's second visit as president to the annual gathering of business chiefs, central bankers and foreign leaders.

"Europe and America are moving slightly apart from each other".

This political strategist said it was a national embarrassment that President Trump is being schooled on the climate crisis by Greta Thunberg. The long-time US allies ultimately did just that, last week. Ivanka stood behind her father while he spoke to the press, nodding her head in support of the US President but her expression appeared slightly terrified.

Trump's remarks were largely focused on America's economy as an example to other nations, which he urged to cut regulations and taxes.

On Tuesday night, Trump met with executives from 25 multinational companies and organizations over dinner.

In Europe, world financial leaders expressed hope that Trump had come to Davos to announce a reduction in trade tensions not just with China, but with Europe as well.

"The Fed raised rates too quickly and has lowered them too slowly", Trump said of the Federal Reserve, taking aim at the central bank's policy decisions.

It is also not the first time that Trump and Thunberg have clashed. "Our house is still on fire", she said.

"This is a blue-collar boom", he said, adding that factories and companies were flowing back to the country. "That is without a doubt adding complexity to business in general". She is the first woman to lead the European Commision.

Trump has sought to highlight his trade and economic victories to contrast the impeachment proceedings. McDonald's has borne the brunt of severe criticism due to being viewed as the epicenter of mass produced food and is one of the largest buyers of beef in the world, an industry that has been targeted by climate activists in the past.

The climate emergency is one of the big stories at Davos this year, even if the world's most powerful man hasn't grasped the issue.

Pope Francis also had a message for the high-powered participants at the economic forum in Davos: people, not profit, must be at the core of public policy. Trump was greeted on arrival by giant letters etched in the Davos snow spelling out: "ACT ON CLIMATE".

Mr Trump did not directly address Greta Thunberg, who is opening a session called "Averting a Climate Apocalypse".

Von der Leven told Trump of the long history of good relations between the two continents.

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"Restoration of trees may be "among the most effective strategies, ' but it is very far indeed from 'the best climate change solution available, ' and a long way behind reducing fossil fuel emissions to net zero", Myles Allen, a geosystem science professor at Oxford University in the United Kingdom, told AFP".

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