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Greta and Goliath meet at Davos, where profits are no longer the only priority

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24.01.2020

Analysis. The clash between Greta Thunberg and Donald Trump stood for a wider conflict between two worlds, both well represented at the Swiss ski resort: billionaires and civil society.

written by Anna Maria Merlo

Topic Climate change

January 24, 2020

The small Greta Thunberg standing in the path of Trump advancing like a tank—that was the most prominent image in the media coverage that marked the first day of discussions at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

The clash between Greta Thunberg and Donald Trump stood for a wider conflict between two worlds, both well represented at the Swiss ski resort: the world of business, strongly supported behind the scenes by the political world (around 30 heads of state or government and 119 billionaires were in attendance), and, on the other side, the multi-faceted universe of NGOs fighting for the environment, which took the opportunity this week to once again repeat data and figures that have been circulating for some time but have been widely ignored.

At her panel, Thunberg acknowledged the achievements of the young protesters who have created “an alliance of movements” so that “people are more generally aware now. The climate and environment is a hot topic now, thanks to young people pushing.” However, the young Swedish activist stressed that “pretty much nothing has been done. Emissions of CO2 have not reduced and that is what we are trying to achieve.”

Data from the various NGOs who came to Davos also adds to the worrying picture. Greenpeace has reported that 10 big banks........

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