The Teen activist Greta Thunberg was in Mr Trump’s audience, and soon after his speech she spoke herself at the World Economic forum at Davos.
The teenager warned that net zero carbon emissions is not enough and that while planting one trillion trees is good, much more needs to be done. “We cannot continue to offset our own emissions by paying people to plant trees in places like Africa while trees in the Amazon are being slaughtered.”
At a session called Forging a Sustainable Path towards a Common Future (led by an invited panel of young activists from all over the world, she quoted the 2018 report by the IPCC scientists, which warned that there is very little room left to emit more carbon dioxide without dire consequences for the world.
“I know you don’t want to hear the report about this. You don’t want to talk about this. But I assure you I will continue to repeat these numbers until you do.”
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