U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin mocked 17-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg on Thursday, after she called on investors to pull their funds from fossil fuel companies. She said, "We can not care about those kinds of things".
"From the first day onward, we striked for actual climate action", she added. He then said, "After she goes and studies economics in college, she can go back and explain that to us".
WASHINGTON-The Davos economic summit last week turned into a climate-change conference, as both political and business leaders felt real pressure to take the crisis seriously at this year's gathering in the Alpine village. He quipped: "Is she the chief economist?" "Who is she? I'm confused", Mnuchin said, emphasising after a pause that this was a joke.
On Wednesday, Ms Thunberg hit back after Mr Trump described climate campaigners as "the perennial prophets of doom" who predict the "apocalypse". "If we had been careful we couldn't do what we do".
"Climate change is one of many issues" affecting the environment, he said, adding Trump was a firm advocate of "clean air and clean water". "We put ourselves in the spotlight", she added.
"We never striked for discourse change", said Neubauer, who this month turned down the offer of a board seat on a subsidiary of German industrial giant Siemens.
White said corporations would have to tell staff, "You don't have to come into work this week, we're all planting trees", and governments will have to deposit trees in all the schools, to actually carry out the plan. We are constantly criticized in this way.
The young activists also criticised the media, saying they were focusing too much on climate activists instead of the climate crisis.
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg (C) is marching during a "Friday for the future" youth demonstration in a street of Davos on January 24, 2020 on the sidelines of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum.
There have been 44 weather and climate disasters in the United States that caused at least $1 billion in damage since 2017, killing 3,569 people, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.