G7 leaders take on climate crisis on final day of summit
Falmouth, UK, Jun 13 (EFE).- The leaders of the G7 were tackling the climate crisis on Sunday, at the end of a three-day summit in Cornwall.
In an address to the world leaders during their first face-to-face meeting since the Covid-19 pandemic broke out last year, British environmentalist Sir David Attenborough warned that humans could be “on the verge of destabilizing the entire planet” and called for urgent action to be taken.
The heads of state and government are expected to announce plans to finance infrastructure projects in developing countries aimed to fight climate change and end reliance on fossil fuels like coal.
The funding is to help accelerate “the global shift to renewable energy and sustainable technology,” according to a statement by the British government.
The United Kingdom said it would pledge 500 million pounds ($853.7 million) to tackle unsustainable fishing and reduce marine pollution in countries such as Ghana, Indonesia and Pacific island states.
“Protecting our planet is the most important thing we as leaders can do for our people. There is a direct relationship between reducing emissions, restoring nature, creating jobs and ensuring long-term economic growth,” said British prime minister Boris Johnson, who traveled to the summit from London on a jet.
“As democratic nations we have a responsibility to help developing countries reap the benefits of clean growth through a fair and transparent system,” he added.
In addition to host Britain, the G7 includes the United States, Canada, Germany, Italy, France and Japan.