This content was released on 12 June 2021 – 16:22
From maritime security to “clean” recovery, the UK is using the G7 summit to mobilize its allies in the environment, hoping it will make a good impression a few months before the COP26 climate conference.
Climate emergency is high, with epidemics on the agenda of the major powers gathered this weekend in the Gulf of Buccaneer Corbis in the south-west of England.
In his inaugural address, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson reaffirmed his commitment to a “green industrial revolution” to address environmental challenges and create jobs in the wake of the health crisis.
The UK, which is hosting the United Nations Climate Conference COP26 in Glasgow, the Scottish city in November, is at great risk in terms of politics and image.
As a historic CO2 emitter and host of these major conferences, the country has an important moral responsibility to guide climate change, ”Rebecca Newsom, president of Greenpeace, told AFP.
“We must act or our world leaders will overthrow us,” he warned.
– Masks and masks –
The NGO created an amazing video for the event, mobilizing 300 drones in the sky to reflect the shapes of animals, asking the G7 to “act now” on climate and biodiversity.
The surroundings of the summit were a scene of environmental demonstrations, with Oxfam activists calling for a halt to the use of charcoal in Japan until the first masks, disguised as the famous Pokemon Picasso.
“We are confident that President Joe Biden has changed the dynamic and that we are seeing the ambitious climate goals we need,” said Oxfam activist Max Lawson.
Johnson emphasizes that the G7 nations are committed to halving their carbon emissions by 2030 to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees.
This is one of the key developments already made by the United States during Biden’s climate conference in April, signaling Washington’s return to environmentalism.
At Corbis Bay, leaders may adopt a common position in banning new polluting cars such as the UK, which will implement the measure by 2030.
Despite calls from voluntary organizations that the extraction projects should be stopped, they are expected to have a low profile on fossil fuels.
Johnson continues to be accused of sending mixed signals about the climate crisis, even though the country’s law confirms its goal of carbon neutralization by 2050.
The leader flew from London to the summit, which was less than an hour’s journey, compared to five hours by train.
– Guide by example –
Friends of the Earth tweeted, “What does this look like when confronted with climate negotiations? Lead by example. Take the crisis seriously.”
In addition to climate, Johnson wants the G7 biodiversity to be mentioned, and to ensure that at least 30% of the land and oceans are protected by this date.
According to Ali Tabrizi, director of the successful Netflix documentary Cheeseprace, it is necessary to move from promises to action and face industrial fishing.
“The oceans have been neglected as an environmental issue for many years. We have lost 90% of the big fish in the last few decades, and many species are on the verge of extinction,” he told AFP.
In order to encourage developing countries to do their part in relation to the climate, the central issue is financing, without which it would be impossible to respect the Paris climate agreements.
The Climate Action Network invites leading countries to advance their contribution to energy change.
The G7 has already committed to an infrastructure project with a climate component.
“Without the announcement of increased funding, the chances of successful climate negotiations at COP26 in Glasgow in November are dwindling,” said Arrow Mathew, president of the charity. In his opinion, “This is a matter of climate justice.”