Greta Thunberg steps up climate change fight with her photo standing on elevation at Davos
21 Jan 2020
A combo photo shows Greta Thunberg standing on a step as she speaks at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Reuters
Photographs of Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg standing on an elevation and addressing the guests at the World Economic Forum in Davos blew up the Internet on Tuesday.
The 50th annual meeting of the forum will take place in Davos from Jan. 21 until Jan. 24, 2020.
Her photographs were shared on social media platforms. The hashtag #gretathunberg remained on top of the Twitter trends on most of Tuesday.
The Swedish teenager told business and political elites that they aren't doing enough to tackle the climate emergency and warned them that time was running out.
"We need to start listening to the science, and treat this crisis with the importance it deserves," said the 17-year-old, just as US President Donald Trump was arriving in Davos, where he later gave a speech.
"Without treating it as a real crisis we cannot solve it,” Thunberg said.
She dismissed the notion that climate change is a partisan issue, insisting that "this isn't about right or left."
"My generation will not give up without a fight," she said.
Her views were echoed by other climate activists, such Natasha Wang Mwansa, an 18-year-old activist from Zambia who campaigns for girls’ and women’s rights. She told an audience in Davos that "the older generation has a lot of experience, but we have ideas, we have energy, and we have solutions."