The teen activist condemned environmental inaction at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting
“Pretty much nothing has been done,” the Swedish activist said on the panel titled ‘Forging A Sustainable Path Towards A Common Future’.
Appearing alongside other young activists from around the world, the 17-year-old made the comments after being asked about the changes that had been made since the launch of her student climate strike movement in August 2018, over 18 months ago.
Thunberg said: “This has sparked general awareness and a movement. All these many, many young people from many different places pushing together to form this alliance of movements. Global emissions of CO2 have not been reduced and that is what we are trying to achieve. I am being heard all the time. But the science and the voice of the young people are not at the centre of the conversation.” She added that we need to “start treating this crisis as the crisis it is”.
As Australia suffers flash floods and hailstorms shortly after devastating wildfires which killed over 25 people and up to one billion animals, and Puerto Rico recovers from its strongest earthquake in over a century, it’s clear the climate emergency is in full effect. Ahead of Davos, Thunberg addressed the urgency of the crisis in an opinion piece for the Guardian: “We demand that at this year’s forum, participants from all companies, banks, institutions, and governments immediately halt all investments in fossil fuel exploration and extraction, immediately end all fossil fuel subsidies, and immediately and completely divest from fossil fuels. We don’t want these things done by 2050, 2030 or even 2021, we want this done now – as in right now.”
Speaking at today’s event, the teen ignored a question from the panel host about how she “deals with haters”, and instead recited shocking data about climate change, before saying: “Since last summer, I’ve been repeating these numbers over and over again in almost every speech, but honestly I don’t think I have once seen any media outlet or person in power communicate this and what it means. I know you don’t want to report about this, I know you don’t want to talk about this, but I assure you I will continue to repeat these numbers until you do.”