Climate activists dressed as koalas set off on mountain hike to Davos

Climate activists demonstrate against the upcoming World Economic Forum in the town of Landquart, Switzerland, on Jan 19, 2020.
Climate activists demonstrate against the upcoming World Economic Forum in the town of Landquart, Switzerland, on Jan 19, 2020.PHOTO: REUTERS

LANDQUART, SWITZERLAND (REUTERS) - Climate activists set off on a three-day hike from Landquart in eastern Switzerland to the ski resort of Davos on Sunday (Jan 19) to draw attention to global warming at the World Economic Forum this week.

Hundreds of protesters gathered in the centre of Landquart, ready to brave the cold on a 40km march across the mountains to snowy Davos.

Some were disguised as flowers or koala bears - a reference to the bush fires 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 organisers said.

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 organisers said they were determined to go on to Davos, but would take smaller hiking paths that they didn't need permission to use.