Greta Thunberg: Climate activist meets Prince Charles to talk climate change

Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg takes part in a demonstration of the Fridays for Future movement in Lausanne Switzerland

Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg takes part in a demonstration of the Fridays for Future movement in Lausanne Switzerland

Mr Mnuchin also took a sideswipe at climate change activist Greta Thunberg, saying she should study economics.

Speaking shortly after US President Donald Trump, she strongly criticised politicians and business leaders for what she said were continuous "empty words and promises".

On Tuesday, Trump dismissed "perennial prophets of doom" on climate change in his keynote address, while Thunberg sat in the audience.

Charles has always been ahead of the crowd when it comes to environmental awareness.

"Critically, we must foster innovation - and here, if you will allow me, I would like to acknowledge the new Earthshot initiative of my son, the Duke of Cambridge, which seems to me to extol the sort of horizon-lifting approach we need in order to give us hope", he said.

He said he did not want to be accused by his descendants of doing nothing "except prevaricate and deny the problem".

Business leaders suggested Trump had been listening.

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And Joe Kaeser, the chief executive of German giant Siemens, told Reuters he had advised Trump to listen to young activists.

While most of the Senate spent Tuesday sitting in silence at the impeachment trial, Trump spent part of the day boasting of a robust USA economy in a speech to the global business community at the Switzerland gathering.

But he said Thunberg should shift her attention away from the United States to focus on other, more polluted countries.

"Today I'm proud to declare the United States is in the midst of an economic boom, the likes of which the world has never seen before", he said, vowing to never to let "radical socialists destroy our economy".

"There exists a third way between Donald Trump and Greta Thunberg", he told reporters.

The two were introduced shortly after the Prince of Wales' powerful speech at the event, held in Davos, Switzerland, in which he said a "paradigm shift" was required to change the way people are now handling the looming climate change crisis. "And that's different than a binary green-good, everything else brown-bad", he said.

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