Davos WEF 2019 Roundup: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
by Paul Davies
What's Going On Here?
Up to 300 products will be available from big brands such as P&G, Unilever, Nestle, Coca-cola. Bringing back the old ‘milkman’ model, CEO Tom Szaky exclaimed “we can't just recycle our way out of the garbage crisis, we need foundational changes.”
Greta ThunbergSwedish teenager who has sparked climate protests by children all across the globe with her activism, turned up (via train as well as camped in the snow) at the World Economic Forum, to give economic leaders a talking to. Declaring “Our house is on fire… I want you to panic.”
Gender EqualityOnly 22% of attendees to WEF were women. This is up from 21% last year, but is no-where near where we all know it should be. Check out: Why having a female boss is good for the environment.
1,500+ Private JetsOver 1,500 private jets flew into the small Swiss town of Davos. Global leaders need to be setting an example, not making a mockery of the situation the world is in. (Sorry, that includes you Sir David Attenborough)
E-WasteIt was announced at the WEF that the world produces more than 44.7 million tonnes of electronic waste a year. That is the equivalent to 125,000 jumbo jets, which is more than all the commercial jet planes ever built, with Africa becoming a ‘dumping site’ for e-waste.
Check out this TED talk from 16 year old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.
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