UK News Surfers take to seas in climate protest, as dozens of groups rally at G7 summit
When is the G7 Summit 2021? Date, what the meeting in Cornwall’s Carbis Bay is for and what to expect
The priorities of the summit, according to the G7 website, include spreading wealth to all nations through new technologies, international trading, green recovery and lasting jobs . Creating a better global health system ready for any future pandemics, and tackling climate change with a goal of moving to net zero and supporting other countries to do this too are among the issues likely to be discussed at the Summit. There have also been calls for leaders at the event to discuss distributing Covid-19 vaccines to the world’s poorest countries.
Supporters of Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) are the latest protestors to demonstrate during the, with hundreds of people plunging into the sea in Falmouth on Saturday afternoon.
The marinecharity aimed to put pressure on world leaders to address the .
Protestors entered the waters off Gyllngvase Beach on surf boards, armed with banners, signs and a giant inflatable shark.
Organisers said the meeting offers a “critical opportunity for leading governments to set the tone for how the world rebuilds from the coronavirus pandemic”.
UUP leader attended illegal NI Protocol protest to ‘observe and listen’
Loyalists gathered in Portadown on Saturday over the controversial Protocol and what they said is ‘two-tier policing’.The Upper Bann MLA said he turned up at the event on Saturday to observe and listen, and said he was standing well back from the parade.
Hugo Tagholm of SAS said: “We hope this is the biggest peaceful protest of the G7 summit in Cornwall.
“Everyone loves the ocean, we’re all connected to the ocean… and we want to bring people together… to send a message to world leaders about the need to protect and restore our ocean.”
And on Swanpool Beach, campaigners from Oxfam posed as G7 leaders in masks replicating the attendees.
The anti-poverty charity has called on the G7 countries to take urgent action on the climate, accelerate existing commitments to cutting emissions, and to offer more funding to vulnerable countries impacted by the climate emergency.
Writing on Twitter, Oxfam posted a photograph of the campaigners, with the caption: “It’s getting hot on the beach… there’s a climate SOS but leaders aren’t paying attention. Will the #G7 feel the heat and take urgent #ClimateAction this weekend, once and for all?”
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).
The protests form a series of events organised by different groups aimed at ensuring world leaders make a “blue and green recovery” a priority.
On Friday, Extinction Rebellion protestors gathered in St Ives town centre to listen to speeches, before marching through the coastal town, blocking roads and chanting “liars” and “act now”.
The group aimed to highlight their position that “a wealthy minority of the world’s countries and corporations are the principal cause of the climate and ecological crisis”.
And a group of giant inflatable Pikachus held banners in Falmouth calling on Japan to stop burning coal.
The G7 summit began on Friday and is due to end on Sunday.
With climate change high on the agenda, Boris Johnson defended his decision to take a private plane from London to Cornwall for the event.
Labour’s shadow environment secretary Luke Pollard called his behaviour “plane stupid”.
“There’s no train line from Cornwall to Washington or Tokyo but there is to London. The prime minister should have taken the train, not got a plane,” he said.
When asked about his decision to fly to the summit, the Prime Minister said: “If you attack my arrival by plane, I respectfully point out that the UK is actually in the lead in developing sustainable aviation fuel.
“One of the points in the 10-point plan of our green industrial revolution is to get to jet zero as well as net zero.”
G7 summit was ‘super spreading’ event for Cornwall as cases rocket 2,450% after Johnson and Biden visit .
Locals, politicians and business leaders call on Government to implement surge testing in G7 Covid clusters as young hospitality staff fall ill forcing the closure of dozens of businessesCornwall business leaders, politicians and residents are calling for the Government to “save the summer” following a huge rise in Covid-19 infections following the visit from world leaders, their entourages, the world’s media and thousands of police last weekend.