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Thunberg, protesters demand 'climate justice' in Davos

Sweden's Greta Thunberg and other young climate activists of the 'Fridays for Future' movement stage an unauthorised demonstration on the closing day of the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos. -  AFP
Sweden's Greta Thunberg and other young climate activists of the 'Fridays for Future' movement stage an unauthorised demonstration on the closing day of the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos. - AFP

DAVOS: Greta Thunberg and other young climate activists held a small protest on Friday accusing the global elite at the World Economic Forum in Davos of doing little to save the planet.


Some 30 protesters gathered in freezing temperatures down the road from the WEF congress centre, holding signs reading "SOS" and chanting "What do we want? Climate justice! When do we want it? Now!"


"One thing I don't think we realise and feel and comprehend in places of such wealth and power and greed is that planet Earth around us is in immense, immense pain," said Pakistani campaigner Ayisha Siddiqa, who attended WEF panels this week.


"The delusion of this event is so absolutely ridiculous. It's horrendous," said Siddiqa, whose country was hit by devastating floods last year that killed more than 1,700 people and caused tens of billions of dollars of damage.


Thunberg, who was briefly detained by police in Germany earlier this week during a protest against a coal mine expansion, did not speak during the Davos demonstration.


She participated in a panel discussion on the sidelines of the WEF on Thursday, where she accused the global political and business elite attending the forum of "fuelling the destruction of the planet".


IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol, whose agency makes policy recommendations, said new investments in oil fields would take years to become operational. They would be too late to allay the energy crunch, but would contribute to the climate crisis.


He praised Thunberg's efforts and thanked her for the invite to speak with activists.


At Friday's protest, Vanessa Nakate from Uganda, who was also in the discussion with Birol, said leaders needed to listen to the science and stop all investments in coal, oil and gas.


"The IEA has made it very clear we cannot have any new fossil fuel investments if we are to live with global temperatures below 1.5 degree Celsius," she told the crowd.


Thunberg and fellow activists have presented a "cease and desist" notice to oil and gas executives, which protesters brandished during the demonstration on Friday in Davos. - Reuters


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