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The billionaires attending this week’s World Economic Forum in Davos have come under fire from Greenpeace for promoting their efforts to combat climate change while flying in private aircraft that emit carbon dioxide.

In a statement, Greenpeace representative Klara Maria Schenk noted that “Europe is experiencing the hottest January days ever recorded” and that “people throughout the world are struggling with severe weather events exacerbated by the climate catastrophe.”

The wealthy and powerful travel to Davos in socially inequitable, highly polluting private aircraft to address climate change and inequality, Schenk continued.

According to a research conducted by Greenpeace on private jet travel to the summit in the Swiss ski resort last year, there were carbon emissions equal to “nearly 350,000 typical vehicles.” One out of every two flights to the peak, or 1,040 excursions, were made by private aircraft, the survey found.

According to the survey, 53% of private jet journeys were short hops under 470 miles in length that “could have easily become rail excursions.”

In addition, 38% of the flights in the analysis were for “ultra-short distances” of 310 miles or less, with the smallest journey being only 13 miles.

At this year’s event, which began on Monday and goes through Friday, a record number of attendees are anticipated. There was going to be a lot of talk about climate change.

Schenk declared on Friday that the annual private jet extravaganza was “a disgusting textbook in hypocrisy.”

The World Economic Forum’s commitment to the 1.5°C Paris Climate Target, which the group describes on its website as a required limit to prevent a “catastrophe” due to global warming, Greenpeace said was at contrast with the billionaires’ predilection for private travel.

The Post has contacted the WEF for comment about Greenpeace’s assertions.

Business and political heavyweights congregate at the ultra-exclusive, members-only gathering in the Swiss Alps every year to network, rub elbows, and debate world concerns.

Business leaders including Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, and BlackRock CEO Larry Fink are among the notable guests at this year’s Davos conference. Numerous heads of state are also scheduled to attend.
Fink addressed the growing criticism of corporate America’s adoption of so-called Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) norms, which have infuriated right-leaning legislators suspicious of corporations interfering in political affairs.


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