Edited by Shobhat Gupta Chandrasekhar Srinivasan.
A video by a Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg – in which she answers a journalist’s question on global warming – has taken the internet by storm. In a clip shared by Stockholm University professor Christian Christensen, the 20-year-old worker was asked, “Greta, Davos (Switzerland, where it’s very cold). World Economic Forum (being held)…when can I expect global warming?” Greta’s response was a laugh that seemed to curl into me.
Greta Thunberg and 30 other climate activists braved sub-zero temperatures in Davos to demand climate justice in the wake of the WEF. The protesters chanted ‘What do we want? Climate justice. When do we want it? Now’ as Thunberg held up a sign saying ‘Put it in the ground’.
Met Thunberg on Thursday. Winner Birol, head of the International Energy Agency, on the sidelines of the WEF and targeted corporate groups for inaction on climate change. Thunberg said the Davos leaders were ‘fueling the destruction of the planet’ by continuing to invest in fossil fuels and prioritizing short-term profits over those affected by the climate crisis.
Birol — whose agency makes policy recommendations — insisted the transition to net zero — the complete negation of greenhouse gases produced by human activity — had to involve a mix of stakeholders. However, Thunberg remained against all new oil, gas and coal development.
Greta Thunberg and her co-workers have delivered a ‘cease and desist’ notice to oil and gas workers, which protesters called during Friday’s demonstration.
Earlier this week, before she left for Davos and met with Birol, Thunberg had. Police detained During a demonstration against coal mine expansion in Germany.
“…I was part of a group that peacefully protested against coal mine expansion in Germany. We were surrounded by the police and then detained but released later that evening. Climate Protection No offense,” he tweeted.
Thunberg also attended the Davos summit in January 2020, when she challenged world leaders to act on climate change, saying ‘our house is still on fire’.