The story. Some of the world’s top business people and politicians are gathered in Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum (WEF) this week.
The WEF’s goal. To analyze the most important problems facing the world and how to solve them. Every company represented at Davos is being asked to commit to net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
How much does it cost to attend? The conference itself is free for most attendees (by invitation only). However, anyone there to represent a company is charged $28,000 to attend.
Among the guests…
- Greta Thunberg. She strongly criticized politicians and business leaders for what she said were continuous “empty words and promises”. “Your inaction is fuelling the flames by the hour”.
- Donald Trump. He said this is not a time for pessimism. We must reject the perennial prophets of doom and their predictions of the Apocalypse. Also, he said that the US has among the cleanest air and drinking water on Earth. Reminder: the US withdrew from the Paris climate accord, a landmark effort to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.
- Goldman Sachs boss David Solomon, JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Uber’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg, Spanish president Pedro Sánchez, and so on…. Many have come to Davos armed with talking points on what they’re doing to combat the climate crisis.
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