Activists at the World Social forum say world leaders' failure to forge a new climate change treaty in Copenhagen shows the planet's most powerful nations are incapable of setting important global policy.
Patrick Bond of South Africa's Centre for Civil Society says the outcome of December's climate change talks means that people "cannot trust the elites to generate a new world order for the climate."
Bond spoke Thursday, on the fourth day of the forum. The gathering is an annual countercultural demonstration against the World Economic Forum now under way in Davos, Switzerland.
He also said rich countries and big emerging-market nations want to promote and expand fossil fuel industries that contribute to global warming.