On 24 January 2019, sixteen year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg addresses a panel in Davos for the World Economic Forum. On the panel are Bono, Christiana Figueres, Jane Goodall, Will.i.am, and Kengo Sakurada. She said, “Some people, some companies, some decision-makers in particular have known exactly what priceless values they have been sacrificing to make unimaginable amounts of money, and I think many of you here today belong to that group of people.” Photo: Greta Thunberg / Twitter

By Andrea Germanos
25 January 2019

(Common Dreams) – Sixteen-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg just told a group of the elite gathered in Davos for the World Economic Forum—as they were seated just feet away from her—that they are among those directly responsible for the climate crisis.

Speaking Thursday before a panel that included U2 frontman Bono, former United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres, acclaimed conservationist Jane Goodall, and panel host and billionaire Marc Benioff, Thunberg echoed themes from a video she created to share with Davos-goers.

"Some people say that that the climate crisis is something that we all have created. But that is not true—because if everyone is guilty, then no one is to blame. And someone is to blame," Thunberg said to the peope in the room. "Some people, some companies, some decision-makers in particular have known exactly what priceless values they have been sacrificing to make unimaginable amounts of money, and I think many of you here today belong to that group of people."

Her statement was followed silence until Bono began applauding. Other audience members and panelists then followed suit. […]

On 24 January 2019, sixteen year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg is seen with Jane Goodall at the World Economic Forum meetin in Davos. Photo: Callum Grieve / Twitter

Journalist and climate activist Naomi Klein applauded Thunberg's bravery, writing on Twitter: "It takes deep courage to go to Davos and tell the masters-of-the-universe *to their faces* that they knowingly torched the planet in order [to] get filthy rich."

Speaking to CNN Business about the talk, Thunberg said, "It was pretty fun."

"I think it's very insane and weird that people come here in private jets to discuss climate change. It's not reasonable," Thunberg—who arrived at the gathering by train and has been sleeping in a tent—told the outlet. […]

On Friday, the last day of the forum, Thunberg continued her criticism of the Davos attendees in an address that demanded action above all else from the world's so-called leaders. "I want you to act as you would in a crisis," she said. "I want you to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is." [more]

Right "To Their Faces," 16-Year-Old Greta Thunberg Tells Davos Elite Climate Crisis Their Fault

1 comments :

  1. Anonymous said...

    I feel sorry for her, but she should blame her parents.

    The Population Bomb was published in 1968. Limits to Growth came out in 1972.
    Stephanie Mills warned that "The Future is a Cruel Hoax" in her 1969 commencement speech, pledging to remain childless.

    All of these received widespread media coverage.

    The future her parents were warned about has now arrived.  

 

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