Nature’s wake-up call reached Cornwall G7 Summit 2021.
- World’s 7 largest economies pledge to wage war against climate change.
- Coal emissions and reversal of biodiversity loss at the hitlist of global leaders.
- Environment activists and organizations are dissatisfied with climate change talks held at Cornwall.
- EU emerges as the surprising cord in the fight against natural disorders.
In the first face-to-face G7 summit in about two years, the world’s 7 most advanced economies met in the U.K. to discuss issues ranging from geopolitics to pandemics. Hosted by Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, G7 Summit 2021 was held at Carbis Bay Hotel, Cornwall. While most of the leaders had already experienced being at the center stage of G7, it was the first experience for President Biden and lasted for German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The nations this year had a lot to talk about on the table- from China and Russia’s vaccine diplomacy to trade wars. However, what stood at the heart of the diversified agenda was climate change. The world is already feeling the heat of President Biden’s proactive measures to fight climate change, and therefore, the topic was inevitable to be discussed in the high-end meeting.
What world leaders said about climate change?
Climate change is no more a distant reality, and to call it a sucker-punch would be unfair, given that nature always exhibited symptoms that humans chose to ignore.
But increasing wildfires, depleting sea levels, melting glaciers at the North and South pole, droughts, increasing temperature, and whatnot, has hit the world leaders with a wake-up call. It’s now or never.
EU surprises the committee
This climate emergency made its way to the G7 Summit too. The global leaders have decided to wage war against the usage of coal as fuel. The committee further pledged a green revolution to reduces emissions and reverses biodiversity loss. The administrators in the discussion reiterated vows to moving carbon neutral and phase off coal usage. The pledge was also to preserve and save at least 30 percent of ocean waters and the world’s land by the year 2030.
However, activists and environmental organizations have condemned the G7 committee’s talks on climate change. According to them, the decisions being made by the G7 committee are not practical enough for developing and underdeveloped nations.
Particular suggestions that are oozing after talks on climate change put up two key questions-
What regulations have to be carried out to achieve the goal of zero emissions by the year 2050? And
Whether the G7 committee will adhere to their commitments to providing financial assistance to evolving countries to shift to green energy?
Significant actions were assured from President Biden, but it was the EU who surprised the Summit. European Union has agreed to use their covid recovery funds primarily on green economy and energy. In addition, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has made a considerable plea to the G7 countries to do better and more to address climate change.
Another heavy discussion considering climate change was the ongoing destruction of the Amazon rainforest. The Amazon rainforest alone is responsible for 20 percent of the world’s oxygen production. Considering this fact, the leaders at the G7 summit pledged $20 million to firefighting efforts, which included $11 million from Canada and $12 million from Britain.