In your conversation between Oxfam’s Winnie Byanima, Rutger Bregman and Anand Giridharadas (Bursting the billionaire bubble, Review, 9 February), I’m surprised that Byanyima does not take issue with Giridharadas when he says people in Davos say nice things to rich people in the hope of getting invited back. She has been coming since 1996 and hasn’t minced her words once.
I doubt too that Greta Thunberg, the environmental activist, had next year’s invite at the forefront of her mind when she accused a room packed with adults of “stealing our future”. Or Guy Ryder from the International Labour Organization, when he called for universal protection for workers in the face of an automation onslaught.
Our own work last month saw us calling out governments for climate inaction, urging businesses to reskill their workers faster and encouraging everyone to eat less meat to reduce carbon emissions.
We hold our annual meeting in January to set an agenda for the year ahead. This is why we will keep on inviting people like Byanyima and Bregman to help us define the priorities. Now that Davos is over, it’s time for the real work to begin – redesigning social safety nets, taxation, job creation and bringing about a reskilling revolution. If we can build a fairer, more inclusive society we have a chance of solving climate change and other longstanding problems. Not even Giridharadas could deny that would be a win-win.
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• Thank you for your article about the school climate strikes movement started by Greta Thunberg (Thousands of pupils to strike across UK next week, 9 February). I will join the campaign because something needs to be done about climate change and not enough is being done.
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