'No more empty promises' pleads Eastleigh volunteer
Greenpeace volunteers in Eastleigh and across the UK are calling for the G7 nations to spearhead a green global recovery from the pandemic to limit global temperature rises to 1.5° in order to avoid the most devastating impacts of the climate crisis.
Leaders from the world’s leading economies (excluding Russia and China) along with representatives from the EU, India, South Korea and Australia have been meeting in Cornwall this weekend to discuss and agree on a common strategy to deal with current global events.
Environmental campaign groups including Greenpeace have descended on the summit meeting venue at Carbis Bay to make sure the ongoing Climate Emergency is not forgotten by the G7 delegates – and Greenpeace have made their presence felt by staging a spectacular night-time display of 300 illuminated drones, choreographed to create giant 3D images of iconic endangered animals in one of the largest drone swarms ever to be seen in the UK.
Greenpeace hopes this will reinforce their message to world leaders to ‘ACT NOW’ on Climate Change by introducing an immediate ban on all new fossil fuel projects and a strategy for ending fossil fuel use altogether, with proper support for workers and communities to transition to jobs in green industries.
Greenpeace also say that any recovery must also create new green jobs, tackle inequality and ensure that the Covid vaccine is distributed fairly among the world’s population.
In a statement supplied by Southampton Greenpeace, a Greenpeace volunteer from Eastleigh known as ‘Marianne’ told us:
“We have been in a nature and climate emergency for years now, and while many of us have woken up, world leaders are still sound asleep.
We don’t need more greenwashing or empty promises. We don’t need to see displays of political chest-thumping. We needed bold commitments delivered yesterday, so we need even bolder commitments today.
World leaders have the power to tackle the mounting but interconnected crises we face, but only if they act now.”