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UK News G7 summit: Edinburgh activists to protest against country leaders 'greenwashing' during climate conference

00:55  11 june  2021
00:55  11 june  2021 Source:   edinburghnews.scotsman.com

Allies hope to bond, look beyond virus at G-7 summit in UK

  Allies hope to bond, look beyond virus at G-7 summit in UK LONDON (AP) — There will be roundtable meetings, one-on-one chats and a group photo against a picturesque backdrop. When leaders of some of the world’s richest nations meet Friday at the English seaside for a three-day Group of Seven summit, much of the choreography will be familiar. But the world has changed dramatically. Since the G-7 last met two years ago, the coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 3.7 million people and decimated economies with lockdowns and layoffs. A planned G-7 meeting in the United States last year was postponed, then canceled.So when British Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcomes U.S.

The demonstration – led by activist group Edinburgh COP 26 Coalition – will take place outside Holyrood from 11am on Saturday and will last until midday.

a person standing in front of a crowd © An activist at a climate change protest in Scotland.

It is understood the rally will be in solidarity with other activists in Cornwall demonstrating against ‘greenwashing’ the same day the leaders meet to prepare for the COP26 Climate Change talks in Glasgow in November.

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A spokeswoman for the group said: “To ‘greenwash’ their image, the G7 leaders will say fine words about tackling climate change but do little to bring about desperately needed change.

What every G7 country wants as world leaders set to meet in Cornwall this week

  What every G7 country wants as world leaders set to meet in Cornwall this week Each leader will use the summit to raise issues such as Northern Ireland, global coronavirus vaccinations and climate targetsUS President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet in Cornwall between 11-13 June alongside Prime Minister Boris Johnson and leaders from Japan, Canada, Italy and France who make up the G7 (Group of Seven).

"Their plans and pledges fail to keep us below 1.5C warming, with most putting us past 3C, which is a death sentence for millions around the planet.

“Bring climate justice to the G7 and support those rallying in Cornwall – join the protest in Edinburgh.”

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“G7” stands for “Group of Seven”, referring to the seven member countries of the group that will be meeting at the summit from 11 to 13 June.

These include the UK, the US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan which are all countries considered to be those with “advanced economies and open societies”.

For this year’s Cornwall summit, however, the UK has also invited India, Australia, South Korea and South Africa as guest countries.

Representatives from the EU will also be in attendance.

The goal of this year’s summit, according to the G7 UK website, is to:

“Help the world fight, and then build back better from coronavirus and create a greener, more prosperous future”.

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