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Climate activists dress as koalas for three-day hike to Davos

LANDQUART, Switzerland – Climate activists set off on a three-day hike from Landquart in eastern Switzerland to the ski resort of Davos on Sunday to draw attention to global warming at the World Economic Forum this week.

Hundreds of protesters gathered in the center of Landquart, ready to brave the cold on a 25-mile march across the mountains to snowy Davos.

Some were disguised as flowers or koala bears – a reference to the bushfires currently ravaging their habitat in Australia – and holding banners including: “Let’s ignore the Donalds and listen to the Gretas,” referring to US President Donald Trump and “Make the world cool again.”

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, who had joined 10,000 protesters in Lausanne on Friday, would not be able to take part in the hike, the organizers said.

Climate activists start for an 18-mile hike to the Alpine resort of Klosters, to highlight issues surrounding climate change at the World Economic Forum Davos (WEF), in Landquart, Switzerland.
Climate activists start for an 18-mile hike to the Alpine resort of Klosters, to highlight issues surrounding climate change at the World Economic Forum Davos (WEF), in Landquart, Switzerland.Reuters

Authorities had approved the first stretch from Landquart to Klosters but rejected the activists’ request to proceed to Davos by road for security reasons.

The organizers said they were determined to go on to Davos, but would take smaller hiking paths they didn’t need permission to use.

Participants of the climate protest march gather at the train station in Landquart, Switzerland
Participants of the climate protest march gather at the train station in Landquart, SwitzerlandEPA