Conflicting messages from Greta and Trump in Davos

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Conflicting messages from Greta and Trump in Davos

US President Donald Trump and climate activist Greta Thunberg both delivered speeches at the World Economic Forum in Davos, 21 January.

The summit is a gathering of world leaders, and this year had a key focus on issues surrounding sustainability.

Trump delivered a speech decrying climate pessimism, saying: “We must reject the perennial prophets of doom…Now is not the time for pessimism. Now is the time for optimism.”

Thunberg took to the stage just an hour after Trump. Referencing the Australian bushfire crisis, she said: “In case you hadn’t noticed, [the world] is currently on fire.”

She reiterated that world powers, including the US, needed to “Immediately halt all investments in fossil fuel exploration and extraction. Immediately end all fossil fuel subsidies, and immediately and completely divest from fossil fuels.”

Trump said that climate activists were “the heirs of yesterday’s foolish fortune tellers,” adding that “these alarmists always demand the same thing – absolute power to dominate, transform and control every aspect of our lives.”

Other keynote topics throughout the four-day summit will cover: ‘The Power of Youth’, ‘Securing a Sustainable Future for the Amazon’, ‘A History of Feminism in the West’, and ‘How to Tax the Digital Economy’ among many more.

Other world leaders in attendance included German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde.

Stuart Wood is a news reporter across the Mash Media editorial portfolio. He writes for CMW alongside sister publications Conference News, Exhibition News, Access All Areas and Exhibition World.

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