Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin mocks teen climate activist Greta Thunberg

Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg and Swiss activist Loukina Tille attend a session at the 50th World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos Switzerland

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin mocks teen climate activist Greta Thunberg

Then following a brief pause, he said it was 'a joke'.

"When we went back to add more pictures to the report, which we nearly always do when we are working under very tight deadlines, we added additional pictures with different crops".

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg (C) is marching during a "Friday for the future" youth demonstration in a street of Davos on January 24, 2020 on the sidelines of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum.

"One of the things I've clearly learned as treasury secretary, I'm very careful about my comments on the dollar, because two years ago in Davos, I sneezed, and I said something that I thought was completely calm, and all of a sudden the markets went insane", he told the audience. "We put ourselves in the spotlight", she added.

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"The situation is not being treated like the crisis it is", she said alongside fellow activists Vanessa Nakate of Uganda, Loukina Tille of Switzerland, Luisa Neubauer of Germany, and Isabelle Axelsson of Sweden. I shouldn't be up here, I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean, yet you all come to us young people for hope. "Obviously, those demands have been completely ignored".

On Thursday Mr Mnuchin took a personal swipe at the 17-year-old saying she was in no position to give advice on climate change because she hasn't been to college yet. Responding to an NDTV question on the last day of the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland, Ms Thunberg said the impact of climate change in India is as devastating as it is anywhere in the world.

He said at a press conference, "is she the chief economist?"

"And of course there they are, all her generation, almost my grandchildren if you know what I mean, all desperate because not nearly enough has happened".

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"This is, of course, good, but we've never striked for discourse change", said Neubauer.

"From the first day onward, we striked for actual climate action", she added.

"This obviously has no effect".

"Let's be clear: We don't need a 'low-carbon economy, ' we don't need to 'lower emissions, '" Thunberg said Tuesday.

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Although the focus on Axelsson and her fellow strikers makes climate change a talking point, she worries it is a distraction.

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