Climate, anti-Davos protestors press world leaders to rethink economic system

DAVOS, Switzerland

Ahead of this year’s World Economic Forum (WEF), which begins Monday in Davos, Switzerland, several groups staged anti-Davos demonstrations to protest global firms’ increasing human damage to the environment.

Strike-WEF activists and Swiss Young Socialists gathered at Davos Postplatz on Sunday to criticize the Davos elite, accusing them of elitism and hypocrisy, such as flying private jets to the meeting to discuss climate change.

Gianna Katrina, 21, one of the protest leaders, told Anadolu Agency that the environmental crisis is caused by the current economic system, which is “the cause of environmental problems and also many social problems.”

“That’s why we’re here to protest the change in the global economy, which needs to change from a profit economy to a nature-care economy,” he explained.

“And it’s a really global movement that includes environmentalists, leftist people, feminist people. I think the change is happening now when people are starting to rethink the economy, the capitalist economy,” he said.

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He also called on world leaders to stop profiteering, because “the economy of the future is impossible without preserving nature.”

The structure of the WEF is problematic

Another protester from the Strike-WEF community, Claudio Bernard, said they were demanding the dissolution of the WEF because its structure was problematic, “power and money people come here and the rest of the community is out.”

According to Bernard, “there are a lot of red carpet deals and dictators and undemocratic things.

“There should be international forums. But they should be in a completely different structure, not just like big money corporations.”

He also said that governments must ensure climate justice and that they must accept what the planet has to give and not try to take more than it can.

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Climate activist Rosemarie Weidler-Walti, 72, said she is part of a group of about 2,000 women working to protect the climate in Switzerland, which is “the country most affected by climate change. heat waves.”

He said they sued the Swiss government for failing to take adequate measures against climate change.

“This case will be considered on March 29 in Strasbourg, where the European Court of Human Rights is located, and we hope that the steps to be taken against climate change will be evaluated in the framework of human rights,” he said.

“The Swiss government is not doing anything about climate change. Nothing really. We are worse than (other) European countries in this regard,” he said.

Annual Summit

Under the theme “Cooperation around the world”, prominent figures from the world of politics and business will participate in the five-day annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, which will conclude on Friday in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland.

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More than 2,700 leaders from 130 countries, including 50 heads of state and government, will attend as multiple crises deepen divisions and fragment the geopolitical landscape.

This year will also see the highest business participation in Davos, with more than 1,500 leaders registered in 700 organizations.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is the only G-7 leader to attend the summit.

The heads of the European Union, NATO, Finland, Greece, Spain, the Philippines, South Africa and South Korea will also visit the Swiss ski resort.

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