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Greta Thunberg in Davos: "Nobody has done anything for the climate"

In January 2019, the intervention of activist Greta Thunberg at the Davos Forum finished catapulting this young woman to world fame, months after she began, alone, a series of school strikes for the climate sitting in front of the Swedish Parliament.

Since then, Thunberg has traveled the world – always traveling sustainably – encouraging and inspiring younger generations and demanding that politicians take strong action to stop the climate disaster. The young Swede has aroused passions, has generated much criticism and hatred, and has won arch enemies in her climate battle such as the denier Donald Trump, with whom she met today at the Davos Forum.

As happened at COP25, held recently in Madrid, Greta Thunberg’s first speech at the Davos World Economic Forum in 2020 has been received with expectation and full in the room.

This year, for the first time, the environment is one of the main focuses of attention at this meeting of world elites that brings together businessmen and political leaders from across the country. The organizers of the event have invited social and environmental activists such as Thunberg, thus including voices highly critical of the extreme capitalism represented by the Davos Forum itself.

Greta’s words

“No one has done anything for the weather.” These have been the first words of the environmental activist in her intervention, in which she has again criticized the political inaction in the face of the climate emergency.

Thanks to all the young people who are putting pressure, the climate and the environment are very topical issues at the moment, ” said Thunberg, who has once again expressed his displeasure at the inaction of those who have real capacity to act. “But practically nothing has been done, global CO2 emissions have not been reduced. If we don’t treat this as a real crisis, it won’t be solved. “

Greta Thunberg has recognized that her voice is being heard around the world. The problem, once again, is that, beyond the sensationalism that surrounds everything related to his figure, it seems that the message still does not penetrate deep.

“Every fraction of a degree matters. Since last summer I have been repeating numbers over and over again in almost all my speeches but, honestly, I have not once seen any media or person with power talking about these numbers and what they really mean ”, lamented the young. “I know you don’t want to talk about this, but I assure you that I will continue to repeat these numbers until you do.”

 

The climate crisis is real and we are already seeing the consequences

Thunberg never tires of repeating it. ” Don’t listen to me, listen to the scientists “, is one of his maxims. We start the year with the news that in 2019 the water in the oceans broke an absolute record for temperatures, with serious consequences for human health and that of ecosystems.

The Amazon, Australia, Angola … climate change is aggravating fires and extreme phenomena such as droughts and floods, and experts do not stop warning: if nothing is done, we must get used to this type of phenomenon.

Over the past year and a half, the Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Climate Change (IPCC) has published three special reports updating the state of knowledge on the subject and putting the spotlight on different topics. The first of these, published at the end of 2018, indicated that being more ambitious and limiting global warming to 1.5 ° C instead of 2 ° C would reduce the most problematic impacts on ecosystems, human health and well-being.

The second report focused on the relationship between climate change and land use, and put aspects such as the importance of reducing meat consumption and food waste, making it necessary to have a less aggressive agricultural production system with the soil. .

The last report was dedicated to the oceans and recalled that very profound changes are taking place in the oceans and in the cryosphere. In addition, he warned that the rise in sea level has accelerated and is unstoppable.

Will Greta Thunberg continue to have to repeat the same slogans and reproaches in her speeches or will real measures be definitely taken to adapt and mitigate climate change? We’ll see what 2020 brings us …

 

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