As the three day long G7 summit wrapped up on Sunday, world leaders were urged to take drastic and urgent action to curb climate change in order to secure the planet’s future, as they formalized and finalized new emissions and conservation targets at a meeting largely colored as one of renewed Western unity.
Long-time environmental activist, broadcaster and natural historian David Attenborough spoke in front of the assembly of the world’s wealthiest nations’ leaders, telling them that the natural world is currently “greatly diminished” and that global inequality is widespread.
He said that scientific discovery currently “forces” humanity to “address” whether or not the “intertwined facts” of climate change and inequality were “destabilizing the entire planet,” “specifically in 2021.”
Attenborough added that assuming the case, that “decisions [made] this decade. . . are the most important in human history,” emphasizing the role of wealthy and “economically advanced nations.”
The leaders, who joined at the summit for their first in-person meeting in almost two years due to pandemic restrictions, agreed to extend protection of the natural environment to at least 30% of the globe both in terms of land and oceans.
The new “Nature Compact” they agreed upon is intended to halt and even reverse loss of biodiversity, as well as commit the nations to cut their carbon emission output in half by 2030 relative to benchmark figures in 2010.
To accomplish this, fuels sources such as “unabated coal” will be phased out entirely, the coal is a material which has not undergone filtering. There will also be a complete end to government support for overseas fossil fuels, and a planned phase out of standard petrol and diesel fueled cars.
Boris Johnson said optimistically that the G7 convention would be responsible for “transform[ing] the way we live” by driving a new “global Green Industrial Revolution.”
Climate change was a key priority of the G7 meeting, and their plans to eliminate coal and oil are dramatic indeed, however, even before the pledges of reduced carbon emission were formally adopted, environmental activists and campaigners were already blasting the leaders as failing to to enough.
Author: Gail Maxwell