Poor Greta Thunberg Rambles at Davos World Economic Forum
Jan. 21, 2020 (EIRNS)—In contrast to President Donald Trump’s optimistic speech at Davos, child abuse victim Greta Thunberg, who spoke some time after he did, delivered her orders:
“Let’s be clear. We don’t need a low-carbon economy. We don’t need to lower emissions. Our emissions have to stop to stay if we are to have a chance to stay below the 1.5°C target. And until we have the technologies that, at scale, can put our emissions to minus, then we must forget about net zero—we need real zero.
“Any plan or policy of yours that doesn’t include radical emission cuts at the source, starting today, is completely insufficient for meeting the 1.5° or well-below-2° commitments of the Paris Agreement. We demand that at this year’s World Economic 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.
“It may seem like were asking for a lot. And you will of course say that we are naïve. But this is just the very minimum amount of effort that is needed to start the rapid sustainable transition.”
On the sidelines of the Davos summit, when the Wall Street Journal asked President Trump whether he knew Thunberg, he said he didn’t know anything about her, but remarked that she is clearly very “angry.”