Every year, members of the World Economic Forum gather in the small resort town of Davos, Switzerland to discuss the most pressing issues that are affecting the global economy. Its ranks are filled with the wealthiest people in the world, and include monarchs, former and current heads of state, CEOs, and celebrities.
Much like the Bilderberg Group or G20, their members represent the tip of the pyramid so to speak. They wield immense power and influence in politics, business, and media, and what goes on during their meetings can have drastic effects on the world at large.
For a large part of the forum’s existence, one of most prolific topics has been the subject of global warming, due in part to the efforts of Al Gore. While Gore has been frequently criticized for his sprawling energy-consuming mansion, it should come as no surprise that the rest of the wealthy members of the World Economic Forum might be equally careless towards their carbon footprint.
The influx of private jets is so great, the Swiss Armed Forces has been forced to open up a military air base for the first time ever to absorb all the super rich flying their private jets into the event, reports Newsweek.
“Decision-makers meeting in Davos must focus on ways to reduce climate risk while building more efficient, cleaner, and lower-carbon economies,” former Mexican president Felipe Calderon told USA Today.
Davos, which has become a playground of sorts for the global elite, is expected to feature at least 40 heads of state and 2,500 top business executives. Former Vice President-turned-carbon billionaire Al Gore and rapper Pharrell Williams will be there as well; each plans to discuss global warming and recycling respectively.
What? There’s no carpooling for the global elite? None of them thought to share a private jet or ride coach like the rest of us? Would that be too much ask? I mean, it’s the least you could do if you’re going to stand in front of the world and tell the rest of us to reduce our carbon footprint. At least try to put a little effort into maintaining the illusion that you care.
I know what you’re thinking. You’re trying to imagine the likes of Bill Gates and Al Gore riding in coach, trying to avoid their fair share of sneezing passengers and irritable stewardesses, while telling the kid behind them to stop kicking their seat. For your health I suggest you end that fantasy before you laugh yourself into a hernia. Save it for the other topics of discussion that will be shared at the World Economic Forum, like tackling economic inequality.
Another big theme of the mega-rich confab will be combating “income inequality” and how the world’s rich can pay their fair share to reduce the gap between top earners and the lower class. Admission price for Davos: roughly $40,000 a ticket.
The World Economic Forum will also feature discussions on gender equality and opportunities for women. According to the World Economic Forum’s own statistics, just 17% of all 2015 participants are women.
If you ask me, the World Economic Forum has nothing to do with solving the world’s problems. It sounds more like an exercise in collective vanity for the global elite. I never thought I’d say this, but they actually make Bilderberg look good. At least they keep their discussions a secret. We don’t have to sit here and listen to them tell the whole world how smart and wealthy they are. We don’t have to hear them blather on about what they think is best for the world, and why we should follow their lead.
So please, if you’re a member of the WEF and you’re reading this, do us all a favor and hide in the shadows like every self-respecting elitist should.
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Joshua Krause is a reporter, writer and researcher at The Daily Sheeple, where this first appeared. He was born and raised in the Bay Area and is a freelance writer and author. You can follow Joshua’s reports at Facebook or on his personal Twitter. Joshua’s website is Strange Danger.