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World Greta Thunberg joins climate strike on last day in Davos

21:35  24 january  2020
21:35  24 january  2020 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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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.

a couple of people that are talking to each other: Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, right, marches during a © Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, right, marches during a "Friday for future" youth demonstration in Davos, Switzerland, Jan.24, 2020 on the sideline of the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting.

Earlier that day, Thunberg once again called out world and business leaders for their inaction on the issue.

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"As long as the science is being ignored, as long as the facts are not being taken into account and as long as the situation is not being treated as a crisis, then world and business leaders can of course continue to ignore the situation," she said at a news conference.

Thunberg, 17, of Sweden, also spoke about U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin suggesting she go to college for economics and then "come back and explain that to us."

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When asked if the comment had any effect on her, she matter-of-factly replied: "Of course, no effect."

a group of people holding a sign posing for the camera: Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, center, takes part in a © Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, center, takes part in a "Friday for future" youth demonstration in Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 24, 2020 on the sideline of the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting.

"We are being criticized like that all the time," Thunberg said at the news conference onstage with four other campaigners. "Of course, if we could care about that then we wouldn't be able to do what we do."

Thunberg is currently taking a gap year from school to focus on her activism.

The World Economic Forum began Tuesday. A major focal point at the conference, which brings together world leaders at the beginning of the year to discuss global, regional and industrial agendas, was climate change.

Greta Thunberg says climate demands 'completely ignored' at Davos .
Teenage activist Greta Thunberg on Friday said activists' calls on the corporate and political elite at Davos to seriously fight climate change had been "completely ignored", but vowed not to be subdued by stinging personal criticism from the Trump administration. Mnuchin on Friday launched a new defence of US policy, insisting the Trump administration cared for the environment, but that problems should not be reduced to just climate change. "Climate change is one of many issues" affecting the environment, he said, adding Trump was a firm advocate of "clean air and clean water.

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