Elites Fly to Davos on Private Jets to Discuss ‘Fighting Climate Change’
World leaders, industry heads attend World Economic Forum to discuss globalization
The global elite, including world leaders and top CEOs, is meeting at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland to discuss how to steer globalist policies amid worries of slowing economic growth, damaging trade wars, the rise of populism and nationalism, and Brexit.
The theme for this year's annual convention is Globalisation 4.0 and leading figures from major industries are in attendance alongside prime ministers and presidents.
Featuring heavily on the agenda for discussion is how to tackle Climate Change, with Prince William taking to the stage to interview Sir David Attenborough regarding the impact of humans' carbon footprint of the planet's melting glaciers.
The Davos elite says they are more worried about climate change than ever before, but that isn’t stopping them chartering private jets in record numbers to fly to the event.
The convenience and comfort of flying privately in luxury rather than using commercial air travel appear to outweigh any concerns about the outsized carbon footprint it involves, judging by the data compiled from a study by the company Air Charter Service (ACS).
According to Breitbart, the ACS forecasts nearly 1,500 private jet flights over the week of the World Economic Forum (WEF) to airports near Davos in the Swiss Alps.
That would be up from the more than 1,300 aircraft movements seen at last year’s forum, despite climate change registering as the top risk factor identified for the global economy in a survey of WEF movers and shakers last week.
In a blog post, the website privatefly.com forecast an even higher number of private flight movements related to Davos this week, of around 2,000 in and out of local airports.
And while most people reach Davos by car or train after alighting from airports such as Zurich, two to three hours’ away, a select few CEOs and government leaders hire helicopters to save time.
Demand for private jets in the week of Davos far outstrips other events that also loom large on the private aviation calendar, such as the Super Bowl or Champions’ League final, according to Andy Christie, private jets director at ACS.
“We have had bookings from as far as our operations in Hong Kong, India, and the US –- no other event has the same global appeal,” he said in a statement
And the trend is towards even more expensive, larger private jets such as the Gulfstream GV and Bombardier’s Global Express.
“This is at least in part due to some of the long distances traveled, but also possibly due to business rivals not wanting to be seen to be outdone by one another,” Christie said.
WEF organizers insist they are making the annual forum environmentally sustainable, offsetting the carbon emissions generated by private aviation as much as possible through their own initiatives on the ground.
“We encourage our partners from business and others to take that (offsetting measures) on,” Dominique Waughray, head of Global Public Goods at the WEF, told AFP last week.
“Most of the private aircraft that come in are actually for government officials because under the Vienna convention the most efficient and secure way of getting people to an event like that is via an aircraft,” he said.
“So that is a sort of security brief, but we still offset them.”
Globalization on the rocks?
According to the Guardian, The World Economic Forum sees its role as “improving the state of the world.”
But the political analyst and author Anand Giridharadas speaks for many critics when he dubs Davos “a family reunion for the people who broke the world.”
After decades championing globalization, the WEF now fears that rising inequality, protectionism, and nationalist politics could cause the world to turn against the globalist agenda.
As the WEF’s founder, Klaus Schwab, puts it: “Globalisation produces winners and losers and there are many more winners in the last 24, 25, 30 years – but now we have to look after the losers, those who have been left behind.”
Schwab will be pushing politicians and business chiefs towards a new “inclusive” globalization to fix the gap between the “precariat” many and the privileged few.
But will this address the concerns of the many millions who feel the system is rigged against them, and who will never make the trek to Davos?
Realistically, the WEF will be wrestling with the same problems in 2020 … and 2021 ... and beyond.