Activist Greta Thunberg participated this Friday in the Swiss city of Lausanne in a new demonstration for the defense of climate, before traveling to the World Economic Forum in Davos.
"So far, throughout this decade, we have yet to see any sign that real climate action is coming," said the young Swedish activist in front of a crowd of young people at the end of a march through the city streets.
“This needs to change”, he reinforced, then addressing world leaders: “You have not seen anything yet. We can guarantee you ”. That is the message that young people will take to next week's Economic Forum in Davos, he said.
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Greta Thunberg arrived in Lausanne late in the morning, surrounded by thousands of young people and chanting slogans like “Without nature, without future” (“Pas de nature, pas de futur”, in the original in French) or “E 1, and 2, and 3 degrees, is a crime against humanity ("Et 1, et 2, et 3 degrés, c´est un crime contre l´humanité"), in reference to global warming.
On the city streets, young people carried a banner that read "Let's change the system, not the climate", and displayed signs with references to the great fires of recent months in Australia and the retreat of glacier ice. About 15,000 people participated in the march of the “Fridays For Future” movement, according to figures from the organization.
The appeals of Greta Thunberg, who had already demonstrated in Lausanne in August, have been particularly popular in recent months, with many Swiss cities and cantons proclaiming a state of climate emergency, while thousands of people have participated in the climate strikes. About 100,000 were in Bern at the end of September.
After Lausanne, the young activist must travel to Davos, for the second year in a row, to call on the international community and the business world to make decisions in the face of climate change.
So far it is not public whether Greta Thunberg will participate with Swiss activists on a three-day march linking the Swiss village of Landquart to Davos, in the Swiss Alps. The two towns are 40 kilometers apart, but the authorities only authorized the first two days of the march, between Landquart and Klosters, and not the final leg until Davos. The young people announced that they will continue the march, going through alternative paths.
The Forum starts its 50th edition next Tuesday, with the presence of the President of the United States, Donald Trump. Davos brings together the political leaders and the heads of the companies that most influence the world.