Images are unavailable offline. Greta Thunberg speaks during a demonstration calling for action on climate change, during the ‘Fridays for Future’ school strike in Vienna, Austria, on May 31, 2019. Ms. Thunberg has become known for her brutally frank speeches that excoriate her audience, often members of the global elite. Many of Sweden’s leading figures in the world of technology, fashion, finance and education gathered in Stockholm earlier this month for the annual Brilliant Minds conference. To add a little lustre to the affair, organizers invited a 16-year-old pigtailed young woman from the neighbourhood to give the keynote address. Anyone who had been paying attention might have known that Greta Thunberg, climate activist, was not one to play nice with adult audiences. Ms. Thunberg began by offering some sobering perspectives on the greatest plague facing mankind, such as the fact that roughly 100 companies are responsible for emitting just over 70 per cent of our total carbon-dioxide emissions. And the fact that the richest 10 per cent of the world’s population emit about half of the planet’s total emissions and the wealthiest 1 per cent emit more than the poorest 50 per cent. In other words, it wasn’t the […]


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