They are back on the heights of Davos. For the fourth time, scientists from all over the world have pitched their tents on top of the Schatzalp funicular. An Arctic Basecamp to impose the theme of global warming on WEF participants. Greta Thunberg spent the night there last year when she first came to Davos. Monday afternoon, the young sick Swedish activist canceled her visit to the camp. “Feverish after an intense week”, according to the organizers, who counted on his presence to create the media event of the day, shortly before the official opening of the summit.
“I don’t want the leaders to listen to me. I want them to listen to the scientists, “Greta Thunberg wrote in a statement to support the launch of the Unite Behind The Science campaign. On the platform raised in the snow, renowned researchers are determined to influence the choices of decision-makers. “When we talk about climate change, we have to talk about the facts, otherwise we stay emotional,” said Jeremy Wilkinson, sea ice expert at the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge. “Our role as scientists is to influence politicians. I have been going to Antarctica for twenty years, where the changes and the acceleration of the melting ice are observed every year. A leader like Donald Trump can ignore the scientific facts, but he cannot change them! ”
“We have published research on global warming for decades. But we were too cautious, we ourselves underestimated the risks, “laments Johan Rockström, director of the Potsdam Institute on climate impact. “Today, we only have ten years left to reverse the curve of CO2 emissions and cut them in half by 2030. Ten years is exactly the time it has taken humanity to send a man to the moon. We now have ten years to put the Earth back on a good path and save the planet. “A message relayed by Christiana Figueres, former chief of the fight for the climate at the UN:” We must give power to science. It must be the basis of all decisions and actions of politicians, employers and investors. ”
According to the signatories of the call, it is an essential condition to limit global warming to + 1.5 ° C by 2100. They also ask for the cessation of investments and subsidies in fossil fuels, the abandonment coal in rich countries by 2030, and by 2040 in the rest of the world.
Lower down in the valley, the Strike WEF walkers’ caravan continues on to Davos. On Monday, more than 600 protesters hiked the second stage, 24 km between Schiers and Klosters. Hikers “tired but determined to reach Davos on foot,” said Mitra Tavakoli, spokesman for the movement, on the phone at the Arena Klosters, where the walkers were staying overnight. “We will remain peaceful, we will avoid escalation if the police block us before Davos,” said this geography student at the University of Zurich.
Refusal to dialogue
But, unlike the scientists at Arctic Basecamp, it rules out any idea of dialogue with the WEF. “It is time to abolish the WEF, because of those who participate in it, the multinationals responsible for climate and social injustice!” She nevertheless avoids criticizing climate activists, like Greta Thunberg, who agreed to express in this enclosure. “We don’t judge them. We don’t want to be divided. But for us it is not a fair dialogue: it is the WEF which decides who is invited and in what context. However, in fifty years, nothing has changed, the state of the world has worsened. “
Mitra Tavakoli remains evasive on the plan drawn up by the walkers to reach Davos on foot on Tuesday. “It will depend on the snow, the condition of the trails and the number of participants in the walk.” No certainty either about the presence or not of Greta Thunberg among the walkers, before or after speaking at WEF. The Swedish girl’s entourage said on Monday that she was recovering before her long-awaited participation in the World Economic Forum on Tuesday.
Created: 20.01.2020, 22h47