The Fiji Times

Fight moves to Davos

- ■ REUTERS

LAUSANNE, Switzerlan­d - Swedish activist Greta Thunberg marched with 10,000 protesters in the Swiss city of Lausanne on Friday and said “you have not seen anything yet” before some head to Davos next week to challenge the global financial elite to fight climate change.

The 17-year-old, who launched the #Fridaysfor­Future movement that has sparked worldwide protests, denounced a lack of government action to cut heattrappi­ng emissions before it is too late.

“So, we are now in a new year and we have entered a new decade and so far, during this decade, we have seen no sign whatsoever that real climate action is coming and that has to change,” Greta said in a speech in Lausanne.

“To the world leaders and those in power, I would like to say that you have not seen anything yet. You have not seen the last of us, we can assure you that. And that is the message that we will bring to the World Economic Forum in Davos next week.”

Protesters held signs including “Wake up and Smell the Bushfires” and “It is late but it is not too late”.

Hundreds will take trains over the weekend and then march to Klosters near Davos, the annual gathering of world political and business leaders that Greta is attending for the second year in a row and will take part in two panel events.

Climate change and environmen­tal destructio­n top the risks highlighte­d by global decision-makers in a survey ahead of the 2020 gathering of the global elite.

This year’s meeting of 3000 includes US President Donald Trump who once described climate change as a “hoax” and whose administra­tion in November filed paperwork to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement, the first formal step in a one-year process to exit the pact to fight climate change.

The latest World Economic Forum annual meeting takes place against the backdrop of some of Australia’s worst ever bushfires. While the government there has avoided making a link to climate change, the fires have deepened public concern about the heating of the planet.

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