Speech by Greta Thunberg in Lausanne - Jean-Christophe Bott / AP / SIPA
Climate activist Greta Thunberg participated in a new climate demonstration this Friday in the Swiss city of Lausanne, before going to the World Economic Forum in Davos next week.
"So far in this decade, we have seen no sign that real climate action is coming," said the 17-year-old activist to a crowd of young people after a walk the streets of Lausanne. "It has to change," she added.
"And 1, and 2, and 3 degrees. It is a crime against humanity! "
Then addressing "world leaders", she assured them: "You haven't seen anything yet. We can guarantee it. ” "And that is the message we will take to the World Economic Forum next week in Davos," she concluded.
Greta Thunberg had appeared at the end of the morning in Lausanne, surrounded by thousands of young people chanting slogans such as "No nature, no future" or "And 1, and 2, and 3 degrees. It is a crime against humanity! With reference to global warming.
15,000 people present according to the collective
Once joined by Greta, whom they greeted with great shouts, the young people rushed into the streets of Lausanne, behind a banner: "Let's change the system." Not the climate. ”Some had signs denouncing the monster fires that have ravaged Australia for months, while others pointed to the melting of glaciers.
“1 degree more, it wears out, it wears out. 1 degree more, it wears out the glaciers, but it doesn't wear out the bankers, ”sang some. This national march, in which some 15,000 people participated, according to the Swiss collective of the Climate Strike, was organized to celebrate the first anniversary of the Climate Strike movement in Switzerland.
Switzerland declares a climate emergency everywhere
The calls of Greta Thunberg, who had already demonstrated in Lausanne in August, have particularly resounded in recent months in Switzerland, where many cities and cantons have declared a "climate emergency", while tens of thousands of people participated in “strikes for the climate”. They were thus 100,000 in Bern at the end of September.
After Lausanne, the young activist must travel to Davos for the second consecutive year, to summon the international community and the business world to act in the face of the climate emergency. Will she meet US President Donald Trump, who is also scheduled to come to Davos on the 21st and with whom she is increasing the tense exchanges via Twitter?
Only the first two days of walking allowed
No one knows either if she plans to participate with Swiss activists in a three-day march (February 18-21) linking the Swiss village of Landquart to Davos, in the Swiss Alps. Forty kilometers separate the two localities, located in the east of the country.
The Swiss authorities only authorized the first two days of walking between Landquart and Klosters, but not the last step to Davos. Ignoring this ban, the activists announced that they would continue walking through paths, such as hiking trails.
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