- Title: Greenpeace urges G7 leaders to 'act now' with drone video
- Date: 11th June 2021
- Summary: FALMOUTH, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JUNE 11, 2021) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (English) HEAD OF POLITICS AT GREENPEACE UK, REBECCA NEWSOM, SAYING: "The UK government is hosting G7 and also the climate conference at the end of the year in Glasgow, so the UK has a specific moral responsibility to lead by example and at the moment in many ways the UK government is taking steps in the opposite direction, you know, just this week we had the government U-turning on a previous promise it made to make a strong nature target in law, we're seeing them continuing to support new fossil fuel projects and new runways and they're not making good on actually investing to deliver a green recovery so we need the UK government to really recognise and step up so that the rest of the world can follow suit."
- Embargoed: 25th June 2021 16:45
- Keywords: G7 G7 leaders G7 summit Greenpeace act now climate change
- Location: CARBIS BAY, FALMOUTH AND SUFFOLK, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM / VARIOUS FILMING LOCATIONS IN CORNWALL, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- City: CARBIS BAY, FALMOUTH AND SUFFOLK, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM / VARIOUS FILMING LOCATIONS IN CORNWALL, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Europe,G7,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA007EGYKNYF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Greenpeace urged G7 leaders to "act now" in a video released on Friday (June 11) showing a swarm of 300 drones flying in animal formations through Cornish skies.
The group wants leaders to follow through on pledges to tackle climate change with actions, including investing more in green infrastructure, green jobs, and stopping new fossil fuel projects.
"They need to step up and actually deliver on their promises for the climate and nature emergency," said Rebecca Newsom, head of politics at Greenpeace UK.
"We believe them (G7 leaders) that they're discussing the issue but I think the critical issue is are they acting on it, so we've had many conferences over many years hearing many warm words and even some good targets for action but we're not seeing the real tangible action," she added.
Greenpeace took specific aim at the UK, noting that Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to fly to Cornwall "sets a pretty poor example" when ground transportation was an option.
Presidents and prime ministers from the United States, Japan, Germany, France, Italy, Canada and hosts Britain kicked off a three-day summit in southwestern England on Friday with progress on how to slow global warming at the top of the agenda.
(Production: Natalie Thomas, Helena Williams)
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