(Culled from The Huffington Post)
Kumi Naidoo, International Executive Director of Greenpeace, addressed the struggle of climate change during an interview with HuffPost Live at Davos on Saturday.
“The struggle is not about saving the planet. The planet does not need saving,” Naidoo said. “This fight is fundamentally about securing our children and grandchildren’s futures.”
Naidoo proposed a better way to address a problem like climate change.
“I think you actually need to address the power of certain industries… and if you look at the power currently of the oil, coal and gas sectors, it’s overwhelmingly powerful,” Naidoo said.
“For every member of Congress, there is a minimum of three and up to eight lobbyists” employed by those industries, Naidoo added.
“They’ve got to understand that nature does not negotiate,” Naidoo said in reference to political leaders.
Naidoo also said the World Economic Forum’s approach to climate change was good, but slightly off the mark. He said the question asked of each problem at Davos was “how do you make incremental improvements without fundamentally changing any of the existing power structures?”
“There’s a real denial about how serious of a situation we are in already and how fast we are getting to the brink of disaster,” Naidoo said of climate change.
Naidoo said he may be “naive” for going to Davos and interacting with business leaders on such tough issues, but his aim is just to change one or two minds.