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World Trump laments missing Davos star Greta's speech

06:45  23 january  2020
06:45  23 january  2020 Source:   reuters.com

'You have not seen anything yet', climate activist Greta says ahead of Davos

  'You have not seen anything yet', climate activist Greta says ahead of Davos 'You have not seen anything yet', climate activist Greta says ahead of DavosLAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and a crowd of some 10,000 protesters marched in the Swiss city of Lausanne on Friday before many of them head to Davos next week to challenge political and business leaders to combat the climate crisis.

DAVOS , Switzerland, Jan 22- U. S . President Donald Trump called climate activists like Greta Thunberg "prophets of doom" at the World Economic By Wednesday he was lamenting not having watched the teenage activist' s speech . The gentler tone, along with a promise to join a plan to plant

By Wednesday he was lamenting not having watched the teenage activist' s speech . FILE PHOTO: Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg leaves after U. S . President Donald Trump ends his speech during the 50th World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos , Switzerland

U.S. President Donald Trump called climate activists like Greta Thunberg "prophets of doom" at the World Economic Forum on Tuesday. By Wednesday he was lamenting not having watched the teenage activist's speech.

The gentler tone, along with a promise to join a plan to plant one trillion trees, hinted at a different approach from the U.S. president, who in the past has dismissed climate change as "fake news" and told Thunberg she needs "anger management".

Prince Charles and Greta Thunberg Had a Surprising Exchange at the World Economic Forum

  Prince Charles and Greta Thunberg Had a Surprising Exchange at the World Economic Forum Prince Charles and Greta Thunberg Had a Surprising Exchange at the World Economic Forum In addition to their climate activism, Prince Charles and Greta Thunberg found another trait they share in common when they met for the first time at the World Economic Forum on Wednesday.The two were introduced shortly after the Prince of Wales’ powerful speech at the event, held in Davos, Switzerland, in which he said a “paradigm shift” was required to change the way people are currently handling the looming climate change crisis.

Iraq's President Barham Saleh met with Trump on the sidelines of the annual World Economic Forum in Davos , Switzerland amid threats from Iran-backed militia groups promising to exact revenge should he sit down with the American president. Trump laments missing Davos star Greta ' s speech .

Greta ’ s panel is the youngest ever convened at the World Economic Forum, if you exclude moderator Edward In one corner, US president Donald Trump . He’ll give the first keynote speech this morning - a chance to Greta Thunberg: At Davos we will tell world leaders to abandon the fossil fuel economy.

Either way, the first two days of the annual Davos gathering were dominated by the back-and-forth between the 73-year-old former businessman and the 17-year-old campaigner, with corporate leaders caught in the middle, concerned that as well as words, there was a need for concrete decisions.

Thunberg doubled down at Davos.

"Our house is still on fire," the Swede said, decrying the "empty words and promises" of leaders and their message that children -- millions of whom have joined Thunberg's Friday protests around the world -- should not worry.

"Your inaction is fuelling the flames," she said.

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Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg gives a speech during the Friday for Future strike on climate emergency, in Turin, on December 13, 2019. - Greta Thunberg, the teenager who became the voice of a generation facing the climate change emergency, was named Time magazine's 2019 Person of the Year. Unknown to the world when she launched a solo strike against global warming in mid-2018, the 16-year-old has since inspired millions in a worldwide movement that saw her tipped as a Nobel laureate. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP) (Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP via Getty Images) © Getty Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg gives a speech during the Friday for Future strike on climate emergency, in Turin, on December 13, 2019. - Greta Thunberg, the teenager who became the voice of a generation facing the climate change emergency, was named Time magazine's 2019 Person of the Year. Unknown to the world when she launched a solo strike against global warming in mid-2018, the 16-year-old has since inspired millions in a worldwide movement that saw her tipped as a Nobel laureate. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP) (Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP via Getty Images) On Wednesday, she met Britain's Prince Charles, 71, a life-long environmentalist who tries to keep out of politics.

"Everything I have tried to do, and urge, over the past fifty years has been done with our children and grandchildren in mind," Charles said shortly before sitting down with Thunberg.

He said he did not want to be accused by his descendants of doing nothing "except prevaricate and deny the problem".

"Now, of course, they are accusing us of exactly that."

Trump and the British heir to the throne did not cross paths, but as he left the mountain resort, Trump told reporters he would have liked to have heard Thunberg speak.

US Treasury Secretary advises Greta Thunberg to 'go study'

  US Treasury Secretary advises Greta Thunberg to 'go study' US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday advised climate activist Greta Thunberg, who has been bitterly critical of US policy at the World Economic Forum, to study economics before giving out lessons. US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday advised climate activist Greta Thunberg, who has been bitterly critical of US policy at the World Economic Forum, to study economics before giving out lessons.

DAVOS , Switzerland — President Trump swept into this moneyed Alpine village on Tuesday, full of brio and flattery, schmoozing with global business “America’ s economy was in a rather dismal state,” Mr. Trump said during a 30-minute speech to the world leaders and corporate titans gathered here.

Business leaders suggested Trump had been listening. Asked if he had convinced Trump to join the trillion trees initiative, Salesforce chief executive Marc Benioff paused and smiled before telling Reuters "many people" were involved.

And Joe Kaeser, the chief executive of German giant Siemens, told Reuters he had advised Trump to listen to young activists. "We have to sit together and involve them in dialogue," he said he had told the U.S. president.

Asked by reporters if he still thought climate change was a hoax, Trump responded: "No, not at all."

Related slideshow: Climate change protests around the world (Provided by Photo services)

But he said Thunberg should shift her attention away from the United States to focus on other, more polluted countries.

"You have another continent where the fumes are rising at levels that you can't believe ... I think Greta ought to focus on those places," he said.

Other leaders sought to draw a middle ground between Trump and Thunberg. French finance minister Bruno Le Maire said the Europeans were leading with a different approach.

“There exists a third way between Donald Trump and Greta Thunberg," he told reporters.

"There’s no need to fall into extremes, between those who say either that there is no problem with global warming or those who lament that nothing has been done to combat it, because it’s not true – there are things that have been done."

Mark Carney, the outgoing head of the Bank of England who will shortly become a United Nations' envoy for climate policy, praised Thunberg for raising awareness of climate change.

"There are those who will be out front in the transition and those who lag. And that’s different than a binary green-good, everything else brown-bad," he said. "There should be fifty shades of green, if not more."

US Treasury Secretary advises Greta Thunberg to 'go study' .
US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday advised climate activist Greta Thunberg, who has been bitterly critical of US policy at the World Economic Forum, to study economics before giving out lessons. US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday advised climate activist Greta Thunberg, who has been bitterly critical of US policy at the World Economic Forum, to study economics before giving out lessons.

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