Climate demands 'completely ignored' - Thunberg

  • Climate demands 'completely ignored' - Thunberg

Climate demands 'completely ignored' - Thunberg

Climate activist Greta Thunberg has brushed off criticism and mockery from USA treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin, saying that his comments have "of course no effect" on her and fellow campaigners.

A 17-year-old activist, Thunberg, who has risen to fame recently, was one of the highest-profile attendees at this year's summit.

"We can not care about those kinds of things", she said, insisting that her priority was drawing attention and action to concerns about global warming.

"If you add up all the contracts that have been signed by today on fossil fuel projects, we will be far beyond 2C", said Neubauer.

Greta Thunberg joined fellow activists in a climate strike Friday, capping off her time in Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum, where she continued her push for climate change action. "We hadn't expected anything less", Thunberg told reporters in the ski resort on the last day of the conference. They have demanded all companies, banks, institutions, and governments to immediately end ongoing investments in fossil fuel exploration and extraction.

"Is she the economist? Who is she? I'm confused", adding after a pause that it was "a joke". "Of course, if we could care about that then we wouldn't be able to do what we do". But Micah White, the co-founder of the Occupy Wall Street movement, said the trillion tree campaign would work as a Trojan horse to help mobilise people to fight the climate emergency. "We don't want to find ourselves being the person that dictates winners and losers". Of course these demands have been completely ignored.

"This is, of course, good, but we've never striked for discourse change", said Neubauer.

Thunberg said such barbs, like Donald Trump's criticism, had no effect on her.

"This obviously has no effect".

He said the reason the USA left the Paris climate agreement - which calls for blocking global warming at well below 2C, and 1.5C if possible - "was not because we don't support the environment (but because) we thought it wasn't a fair and balanced agreement". We are constantly criticized in this way. "[.] The media really need to actually start speaking about what is needed to be done, not only sensational headlines", said Axelsson.

Greta Thunberg addressed a press conference on climate change at Davos.