This is another in a series of Weekend Wanderings posts with many links to follow. It centres around the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. It used to be (and still is, to a large degree) a meeting of the wealthiest, most powerful people in the world in terms of both economics and politics. They would wine and and dine and discuss the world’s future and how best to maintain the smooth running of the global economic engines.
Today, the World Economic Forum is”committed to improving the state of the world” and is somewhat less elitist, inviting the world into the various meetings and plenary sessions through the videos and articles they release. Increasingly, the WEForum has come to include an environmental focus which, thank goodness, has been the underlying theme for the past four years. This year, the focus on the climate crisis has taken on even greater significance, especially in light of the Paris Agreement, COP24 and the IPCC‘s October Report Global Warming of 1.5°C. Essentially, the rich and powerful are finally coming to terms with the fact that something needs to be done about climate change and needs to be done ‘yesterday’.
Greta Thunberg once again spoke plainly in ashamedly direct terms, trying to convince world leaders to get off their duffs and actually do something. She is the rock star the youth of today must rally around and with to send a message to we adults that we have done nothing for too long.
The WEForum also recognized Sir David Attenborough for his contributions to a collective understanding of and appreciation for the natural world in awarding him the Crystal Award. His acceptance speech, now known at the Garden of Eden is no more speech, is excellent reading. Sir David also took part in a timely Q & A with H.R.H. The Duke of Cambridge, where his new series Our Planet (YouTube Trailer here) was introduced – a collaboration with the WWF, Silverback Films and Netflix.
I spent a good part of Saturday afternoon looking through and watching some of the excellent videos produced by the World Economic Forum. Some highlights include:
- The Modern History of Globalization – a one hour panel discussion, but with an excellent overview of the history of globalization in the first 12 minutes;
- Safeguarding Our Planet – a panel discussion moderated by Al Gore with Sir David Attenborough, Jacinda Ardern (NZ Prime Minister), Anand Mahindra (Chairman of the Mahindra Group) and Akira Sakano (DCO Zero Waste Academy);
- Article: 6 things we learned about the environment at Davos 2019.
If you take a moment to scroll down the list of videos, you will also find topics as varied as:
…amongst many, many others. And, to have it all available to watch at your leisure is, well, brilliant. Have a good weekend of exploring.