This week we brought you fresh pieces of information about the World Economic Forum. It happened in Davos (Switzerland) and many influential people were present. As you should already know, one of the most important moments for the audience was the speech of the young activist Greta Thunberg. Since the focus of the event would be on the climate crisis, her perspective on the subject was one of the very first things to happen. However, Greta Thunberg was rebuked in Davos.
The new piece of information is that the attack, this time, did not come from Donald Trump. The US president did have the chance to state his position with respect to the activist, but being indirect. During his talk in Davos, he said that activists like Greta can be identified as “prophets of doom”. Besides, he claimed that efforts to fight the climate crisis are pessimistic somehow. The president said that the US would invest in tree planting, but made no promises about lowering carbon emissions.
This time, still in Davos, the US treasury chief, Steven Mnuchin attacked Greta. However, he did not criticize her for being a pessimist. Mnuchin said that her claims against investing in fossil fuels were typical of a person that needs to learn the fundamentals of the economy. Actually, he stated that Thunberg’s speech showed a lack of understanding about not only the economy but when it comes to jobs as well. He added: “After she goes and studies economics in college, she can come back and explain that to us”.
Greta Thunberg was rebuked in Davos for being a kid, but old people are talking about the climate crisis as well
Now that Greta Thunberg was rebuked in Davos, a questioning remains. Perhaps this is the question that lurked the minds of the business elite during the WEF. Does the economy have to destroy the world in order to maintain wealth? Does the rich have to be enemies of the environment in order to stay that way? Is it worth to leave our house burn in order for humans to have jobs? Notice that despite not having a college degree in economics, Greta pointed out scientific research that alerts us for the perils of carbon emission.
She did not rely on her own knowledge, but on evidence that serious scientists gathered. We know that the incongruences between science and money are a tale as old as time, but each day the problem is getting more and more serious. Besides, Greta was not the only one to stress how bad things are. Old, serious, famous people had the chance to speak their minds too. This is the case of Al Gore, who was a vice president and said that the climate crisis was no different from a war.
When it comes to the world we live in, initiatives such as the World Economic Forum are welcome. But only in terms of discussion. However, until when world leaders will be only listening about the end of the world without doing nothing?
Will they continue to use the lack of economic knowledge as an argument for doing less? The fact that Greta Thunberg was rebuked in Davos for such a minor reason is a signal of how ill-affected politicians and tycoons are. They do not give credits to kids nor to scientists. Unfortunately, money is the ruler of the environment.