Kevin J. Delaney

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From left, the young activists Natasha Mwansa, Salvador Gómez-Colón, Greta Thunberg and Autumn Peltier, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday. Credit Markus Schreiber/Associated Press

Salvador Gómez-Colón, a teenage environmental and humanitarian activist from Puerto Rico, started the day Tuesday by telling business and government leaders that they didn’t have much credibility.

“We’re tired of too much coming to Davos and going back and not doing anything,” Mr. Gómez-Colón said. “We’re tired of empty promises, we’re tired of too much talk.”

Mr. Gómez-Colón’s remarks echo those of critics of Davos throughout history, including the anti-globalization protesters who took to the streets in a violent demonstration in 2000, decrying the gathering as a “meeting of murderers.”

But on the 50th anniversary of the World Economic Forum in Davos, the annual gathering of about 3,000 business, government, and nonprofit leaders to discuss global issues in an Alps ski resort town, the critique carries extra heft.…  Seguir leyendo »