Greta Thunberg says climate demands 'completely ignored' at Davos

Andrew Cummings
January 24, 2020

The heir to the British throne, who's well-known for his environmental campaigning, was pictured meeting and shaking hands with the 17-year-old Swedish environmental activist following his address.

But she has also drawn the ire of the U.S. president who hit out at the "prophets of doom" in his own speech this week, while Treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin said she should "go and study economics".

Asked about Mnuchin's comments, the Swede said: 'Of course it has no effect.

She called her clashes with Trump "horrible" but added: "We can't care about those types of things". Responding to an NDTV question on the last day of the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland, Ms Thunberg said the impact of climate change in India is as devastating as it is anywhere in the world.

The former hedge fund manager and Goldman Sachs executive suggested she should study economics in college before lecturing world leaders about climate change.

'The situation is not being treated like the crisis it is'.

"We are constantly criticised in this way", she said.

"After she goes and studies economics in college, she can come back and explain that to us", he said. "We put ourselves in the spotlight".

The Swede had emerged as one of the key figures of the Davos forum, warning "our house is still on fire" and prompting US President Donald Trump to grumble on his visit to the event about the "perennial prophets of doom".

But either by accident or design, there was no meeting between Trump and Thunberg at the forum.

Thunberg, who was selected as Time's Person of the Year for 2019, has returned to Davos, Switzerland, this week to press her call for businesses, world leaders and others to take action in the face of scientific evidence showing that temperatures on Earth are rising.

Thunberg and four other young campaigners spoke to reporters before their "Fridays for Future" protest through Davos.

"And of course there they are, all her generation, almost my grandchildren if you know what I mean, all desperate because not nearly enough has happened". At Friday's news conference, Thunberg shared the spotlight with Vanessa Nakate of Uganda, Loukina Tille of Switzerland, Luisa Neubauer of Germany, and Isabelle Axelsson of Sweden.

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