Donald Trump vs. Greta Thunberg: Davos arrange for climate situation showdown

 

  • The upcoming discussion board will mark the primary time Trump has attended the identical occasion as Thunberg because the pair briefly crossed paths on the UN climate change summit in New York final 12 months.
  • The U.S. president, who’s more likely to be one of many star sights of the occasion, has typically expressed skepticism concerning the scale of the climate disaster.
  • Thunberg has reportedly pledged to inform world leaders in attendance at Davos to “immediately and completely divest from fossil fuels.”

    President Donald Trump  and Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg will each attend the World Financial Discussion board (WEF) subsequent week, stirring up a heightened sense of intrigue within the Swiss Alpine city of Davos.

    The 50th version of the annual January get-together — which attracts policymakers and enterprise leaders from world wide — is scheduled to give attention to the intensifying climate disaster.

    Trump is ready to journey to the picturesque ski resort after skipping the convention final 12 months because of the partial authorities shutdown. The U.S. president, who’s more likely to be one of many star sights of the occasion, has typically expressed skepticism concerning the scale of the climate disaster.
    Since coming to energy in 2016, Trump has pulled the U.S. — one of many world’s main carbon emitters — out of the Paris Settlement and sought to roll again over 80 environmental laws. His much-anticipated return to Davos will mark the primary time he has attended the identical occasion as Thunberg because the pair briefly crossed paths on the United Nations (UN) climate change summit in New York final 12 months.
    In a widely-shared video on social media, Thunberg could possibly be seen obtrusive at Trump as he addressed reporters.

    What’s the context?

    The 17-year-old, who was catapulted to fame for skipping college each Friday to carry a weekly vigil exterior Swedish parliament in 2018, was not too long ago named Time Journal’s Individual of the 12 months for 2019.

    She was acknowledged for the award after sparking a world wave of faculty strikes — also referred to as “Fridays for Future.” Thousands and thousands of youngsters took half in rallies world wide to protest in opposition to political inaction over climate change.

    “So ridiculous. Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old-fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!” Trump tweeted on Dec. 12.
    In an interview with BBC radio’s As we speak program late final month, Thunberg stated assaults from the U.S. president and others must be seen as “proof that we are actually doing something and that they see us as some kind of threat.”
    When requested what she would have stated to the U.S. president if that they had spoken on the UN climate change summit, Thunberg replied: “Honestly, I don’t think I would have said anything because obviously he’s not listening to scientists and experts, so why would he listen to me?”
    “So, I probably wouldn’t have said anything, I wouldn’t have wasted my time.”

    ‘We absolutely need to do things differently’

    Thunberg has reportedly pledged to inform world leaders in attendance at Davos to “immediately and completely divest from fossil fuels.”
    She is scheduled to ship the opening remarks of a panel session entitled “Averting a Climate Apocalypse” on Tuesday.
    The WEF’s theme, formally acknowledged as “Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World,” follows a 12 months which reportedly noticed the most well liked 12 months on report for the world’s oceans, the second-hottest 12 months for world common temperatures and wildfires from the U.S. to the Amazon to Australia.
    The occasion, which is usually criticized for being out of contact with the actual world, has stated it goals to help governments and worldwide establishments in monitoring progress towards the Paris Settlement and the UN’s Sustainable Growth Targets.
    “I think we absolutely need to do things differently. We are not going to get anywhere by just carrying on doing what we used to do,” Emily Farnworth, head of climate initiatives at WEF, informed CNBC on Wednesday.
    “I think this pressure from young activists in really keeping a spotlight on where some of these problems lie is really important and having companies pushing to demonstrate how they can do things differently just helps to move things in the right direction,” she added.
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