John Walsh: A lack of political leadership means business must lead the way on climate change

Political parties take climate change seriously – until difficult decisions have to be made, or an electorally important cohort has to be appeased

Greta Thunberg, the Swedish climate activist (centre), holding an environmental demonstration at a previous World Economic Forum at Davos in Switzerland. Picture: Getty

There was the usual welter of reports released to coincide with the annual get-together of the rich and powerful which kicked off at the Alpine retreat of Davos this week.

According to Oxfam, the wealthiest 1 per cent of Irish society now owns more than a quarter of the country's wealth, some €232 billion. At a global level, the richest 1 per cent own nearly two-thirds of all new wealth created since 2020, worth $42 ...