Published: Wed, January 22, 2020
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Thunberg tells Davos her climate strike is 'just the beginning'

Thunberg tells Davos her climate strike is 'just the beginning'

Donald Trump seemingly took a swipe at climate activists during his speech at the World Economic Forum 2020 in Davos, Switzerland. American billionaire and head of cloud computing company Salesforce told The Guardian: "I'm very excited by the trillion trees, and that the joining".

"What would you like to see happen in the next year-and-a-half?" the moderator asked.

He said: "Honestly, I think that the President's speech was a national embarrassment".

Francis also said that the overriding consideration behind good decision-making is "that we are all members of the one human family". But he noted that the economy wasn't doing badly when he took office.

Stiglitz also complained about the president's stance on climate change, telling the Independent, "He managed to say absolutely zero on climate change".

"The climate and environment is a hot topic right now, thanks to young people pushing", Thunberg told those at the annual gathering in a ski resort in the Swiss alps, Bloomberg News reported. It was the United States president's only reference to climate issues. Quebec premiers have attended the summit for the last 30 years in an attempt to stimulate foreign investment in the province. Under the deal, each country sets goals to curb emissions of heat-trapping gasses that lead to climate change.

Trump's opposition to renewable energy, his withdrawal from the 2015 Paris climate accord and the free hand extended to the fossil fuel industry puts him at odds with the entire thrust of the event.

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Greta Thunberg - the teen activist who went on an oft-mocked "How dare you?" tirade about climate change at the United Nations in September - wasn't tearful or noticeably angry during her message Tuesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Climate activist Greta Thunberg doubled down on her criticism that world and business leaders aren't taking the threat of global warming seriously, dismissing some of the measures bandied about by governments and companies, such as setting long-term targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions and planting billions of new trees to capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Trump's participation at the forum provided another conspicuous split-screen moment in his presidency. It's the witch hunt that's been going on for years. Watch his full interview at the top of the page.

He spent almost all of his 30-minute speech describing USA economic gains under his leadership.

He told a packed auditorium that trade deals struck this month with China and Mexico represented a model and took his biggest swipe yet at the Federal Reserve, whose policies he says are holding back the US economy.

But he also lashed out at "alarmists" - the "perennial prophets of doom and their predictions of the apocalypse" - though he didn't explicitly mention climate change, which is a major theme, along with sustainability, in this year's annual forum.

Mr Trump also took his biggest swipe yet at the Federal Reserve, whose policies he believes are holding back the USA economy.

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