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Greta Thunberg said Davos prioritized short-term profits over the planet

Greta Thunberg said Davos prioritized short-term profits over the planet

Greta Thunberg said Davos prioritized short-term profits over the planet

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg accused political and business elites of putting self-interest and short-term profits ahead of people and the planet at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday.

“Right now we’re in Davos, where it’s basically the people who are contributing to the destruction of the planet, the people who are behind the climate crisis, the people who invest in fossil fuels, and so on. We are the people we trust to solve our problems,” Thunberg said.

“They have proven time and time again that this is not a priority. They prioritize personal greed, corporate greed, and short-term economic gain over people and the planet.”

“These people will go as far as they can until they get away with it. They will continue to invest in fossil fuels, they will continue to throw people under the bus for their own gain,” he added.

Thunberg said it was “absurd” that the world seemed to be listening to Davos delegates rather than those on the front lines of the climate emergency.

The 20-year-old was released by police earlier this week was caught along with other climate activists to protest the expansion of a coal mine in the small village of Lutzerat in Germany.

“Yesterday I was part of a group that peacefully protested the expansion of a coal mine in Germany. We were boiled by the police and then detained, but released later that evening,” Thunberg said on Wednesday. via Twitter. “Climate protection is not a crime,” he added.

Thunberg said it was “absurd” that the world seemed to be listening to Davos delegates rather than those on the front lines of the climate emergency.

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Along with IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol, Thunberg participated in a CNBC moderated panel with youth climate advocates Vanessa Nakate, Helena Gualinga and Louise Neubauer.

Four climate activists have just arrived in Davos an open letter to CEOs of fossil fuel companies via the non-profit website Avaaz. Thunberg, Nakeit, Gualinga and Neubauer called on the leaders of the energy giants to “immediately halt” the opening of new oil, gas or coal production sites and said they intend to continue with “many” protests in the streets.

“We know that Big Oil has known for decades that fossil fuels are causing catastrophic climate change, misled the public about climate science and the risks. [and] Politicians were deceived with false information, created doubts and caused delays,” the letter says.

What didn’t we say? What didn’t we do? What did we not convey enough?

Vanessa Nakeit

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It added that fossil fuel leaders “must stop these actions because they directly violate our human right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment, your duty of care, as well as the rights of indigenous peoples.”

Failure to act immediately, activists warn, citizens around the world “will consider taking any and all legal action to hold you accountable.” By Thursday afternoon, more than 900,000 people had added their names to the letter.

“Dirty deals” at Davos.

Luisa Neubauer, a climate activist and one of the main organizers of the Fridays for Future movement in Germany, was on the same panel she spent last week with Thunberg and others to “protect livelihoods from coal miners” in West Germany.

“And then many people said, ‘What an interesting change of scenery from the mud in Lutzerat to Davos.’ We went through the dirty mud in Lutzerat, and now we’re seeing dirty deals being made in Davos, so I don’t know how much it’s going to change,” Neubauer said.

IEA chief Fatih Birol, Greta Thunberg and other young activists discuss climate crisis in Davos

“We don’t see that sense of urgency being translated into action,” said Helena Gualinga, an indigenous youth climate activist from Ecuador.

“Local communities, indigenous peoples, youth, scientists, we are all pointing in the same direction. [but] The oil industry will not go there, world leaders will not go there,” he added.

The fossil fuel industry has tried to emphasize the importance of energy security in calls for a rapid transition to renewable energy sources, usually stressing that: demand for fossil fuels remains high.

Of course, the burning of fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas is a major driver of the climate crisis.

“What didn’t we say? What didn’t we do? What didn’t we convey enough?” Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate said on Thursday.

According to Nakeit, it is clear that in most cases the countries and regions of the world least responsible for climate emergency are usually the worst affected.

The IEA says investment is a “magic word”.

Executive Director Fatih Birol, when asked why new fossil fuel projects are moving forward despite opposition from the IEA and climate activists, said: “The point is to keep the temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius. If it is higher than that, vice versa. the delicate balance of our planet will be disturbed – we will all be in trouble.”

“We need to get our energy from clean, carbon-free energy sources, and the magic word for that is investment.”

Birol said the world currently has about $1.5 trillion invested in clean energy, but that figure needs to increase to $4 trillion to meet climate goals.

“If we do that… then we don’t need coal, we don’t need oil and gas. [We don’t need any] there are new investments, but the starting point is to invest in clean energy and have a clean, secure energy future for everyone,” Birol said.

IEA chief Birol said the world “has never seen an energy crisis of such depth and complexity” since Russia’s massive invasion of Ukraine in February.

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The climate emergency is one of the main topics of this year’s annual meeting in Davos, in the Swiss Alps, where some 1,500 business leaders will gather.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addressed delegates in a special address on Wednesday was convicted fossil fuel giants for ignoring their own climate science. He accused the oil and gas industry of seeking to expand production knowing “full well” that their business model was incompatible with human survival.

“Some in big oil have engaged in a big lie,” Guterres said. “Like the tobacco industry, those responsible must be held accountable.”

Thunberg has previously condemned the climate inaction of the world’s political and business leaders at the WEF. say “Our house is on fire” in January 2019.



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