“Pretty much nothing has been done since the global emissions of CO2 has not reduced,” Thunberg said. “[I]f you see it from that aspect, what has concretely been done, if you see it from a bigger perspective, basically nothing … it will require much more than this, this is just the very beginning.”
Asked what she wanted to see in the future, Thunberg said “that we start listening to the science and that we actually start treating this crisis as the crisis it is.”
“I don’t think I have seen one media outlet or person in power communicating this or what it means,” Thunberg said. “I know you don’t want to report on this. I know you don’t want to talk about this. But I assure you I will continue to repeat these numbers until you do.”
Since appearing on the sidelines of last year’s Davos meeting, Thunberg’s profile has taken off and she was named Time’s “Person of the Year.” Conference participants lined up to get into the discussion Tuesday, with many holding phones aloft to take pictures as she took the stage.
Thunberg acknowledged the attention but said that wasn’t nearly enough.
“I’m not the person who can complain about not being heard — I’m being heard all the time,” she said during a panel with other youth activists.
Sustainability and climate change are top issues at this year’s Davos conference. Ahead of the meeting, Thunberg called for world leaders to abandon the fossil fuel economy.
Trump is due to make a speech later Tuesday before he begins bilateral meetings with other leaders. It’s unclear whether he’ll address the climate crisis.