Greta Thunberg brushes off mockery from US finance chief

Climate activist Greta Thunberg adjusts the headphones during a press conference in Madrid Friday Dec. 6 2019. Thunberg arrived in Madrid Friday to join thousands of other young people in a march to demand world leaders take real action against climate

Climate activist Greta Thunberg adjusts the headphones during a press conference in Madrid Friday Dec. 6 2019. Thunberg arrived in Madrid Friday to join thousands of other young people in a march to demand world leaders take real action against climate

Who is she? I'm confused, ' he said, adding after a pause that it was 'a joke'.

Asked for her impressions of the event, a clearly underwhelmed Thunberg was to the point, saying "We had a few demands (coming into the World Economic Forum)".

Greta Thunberg addressed a press conference on climate change at Davos.

Those remarks earned her a rebuke from US Secretary Steven Mnuchin who told her to "study economics" then 'come back and explain it to us'.

"The situation is not being treated like the crisis it is", she said alongside fellow activists Vanessa Nakate of Uganda, Loukina Tille of Switzerland, Luisa Neubauer of Germany, and Isabelle Axelsson of Sweden.

The former hedge fund manager and Goldman Sachs executive suggested she should study economics in college before lecturing world leaders about climate change. "Obviously, those demands have been completely ignored".

At a news conference before the march, she acknowledged young climate activists "are being criticized all the time" in comments like those from U.S. Treasury chief Steven Mnuchin.

A press handler for Thunberg said she wasn't available to respond to those comments.

She spoke to reporters along with four other young climate activists, before they set off through the streets of Davos for the latest weekly "Fridays for Future" campaign that she launched.

'If we cared about that, we would not be able to do what we do. "We put ourselves in the spotlight", said the activist.

He added that there were other key global issues to worry about, notably that "there's way too many people in the developing world" without access to electricity and preventing the spread of epidemics in the next decades like the coronavirus.

The UN chief warned that the world was losing the war against climate change and humanity's capacity "to live in this planet" will risk being destroyed.

"We need the focus to be on the science". "That doesn't work. The only way it works is to tell stories and to get to people's hearts, and some of these young people I know have such awesome stories, and they really are changing the way people think", Goodall said in an interview Thursday. "From the first day onward, we've striked for actual climate action".

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