President Joe Biden has arrived in Cornwall, UK, for his first and greenest G7 summit ever.
Air Force One landed in the early hours of Thursday (June 10) in thick fog at Newquay Airport, from where Biden moved to Carbis Bay, the site of this year’s G7 summit.
Climate change and the environment are key points on the event’s agenda, which will take place between Friday (June 11) and Sunday (June 13) when Biden will depart to meet with Queen Elizabeth, NATO and Vladimir Putin. .
The entire event will be carbon neutral, and Cornwall, the UK’s most south-western country where the event is held, will become the first in the country to reach net zero.
“As the eyes of the world look to Cornwall this week, they will not only see an area of exceptional beauty, they will witness a region that is innovative, exciting and looks firmly towards a bright future,” said the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, a statement on Tuesday (June 8).
Its “bright future” is likely to highlight the county’s growing “green tech” economy, showcasing other leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the EU.
Over the weekend, the G7 entourage is expected to visit Project Eden, a giant bio-dome that houses a rainforest. The vast complex conducts research on rainforests and ecology.
Nearby, a new mining company, British Lithium, is trying to extract lithium in an environmentally friendly way. Currently, most of the lithium, a critical component of batteries and therefore electric cars, is mined from Chile and China, where it causes serious environmental problems.
In a former mining area, a pioneering project is harnessing geothermal energy for power generation. The UDDGP project, near United Downs, is the UK’s first geothermal power plant and, if successful, could be replicated across the country.
Another renewable energy source is creeping off the same coast where the G7 leaders are staying. A wave center is being installed several miles off the coast of Carbis Bay to harness renewable energy from the waves that hit Cornwall’s 422-mile coastline.
Mount Recyclemore to look down on the G7 leaders
But the success of this year’s G7 summit will not be measured by case studies or carbon neutral commitments, but by the promises made by world leaders.
There, as a constant reminder to world leaders of their environmental agenda, is a newly constructed work of art built in the style of Mount Rushmore and in the likeness of each of the seven leaders: Joe Biden, Boris Johnson, Justin Trudeau, Angela Merkel. , Emmanuel Macron, Mario Draghi and Yoshihide Suga.
However, “Mount Recyclemore” has been built by artist Joe Rush entirely from discarded electronics such as iPhones, televisions, and circuit boards.
MusicMagpie, an electronics recycling retailer, commissioned the installation to draw attention to the e-waste problem. MusicMagpie CEO Steve Oliver says e-waste is a huge problem for the G7. More than 53 million tons of e-waste are created globally, “the G7 contributes about 40% of that,” he says.
Oliver is not hopeful enough to secure a promise or commitment from the group of seven leaders. “I just want you to notice, so let’s start thinking about recycling our electronics,” he says.