On the last day of the Cornwall G7 summit, the heads of state and government intend to pay attention to the issue of climate change.
The host, the UK, hopes to use this meeting to convince the world’s seven major economic powers to agree on ambitious climate goals, and then they will hold global discussions at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow in November.
In addition to the United Kingdom and the United States, the G7 countries also include Germany, France, Italy, Japan, and Canada.
As the White House announced on Saturday, “specific measures” have been agreed.
Among other things, the heads of state and government on Sunday plan to pledge measures to limit state subsidies to fossil fuels such as coal.
The United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Canada also hope to provide developing countries with up to $2 billion in funding to accelerate the phase-out of coal.
A White House statement also stated that the G7 will coordinate its climate targets so that the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees above the pre-industrial level set in the Paris Climate Agreement remains “at your fingertips.”
Compared with pre-industrial levels, the country has warmed by about 1.2 degrees.
The British government said on Saturday night that the G7 national plan pledged to raise $100 billion a year to fund climate initiatives in developing countries.
The United Kingdom stated that at this meeting, countries pledged for the first time to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 at the latest, and it is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly half by 2030 compared with 2010.
The Climate Group has criticized these plans for being inadequate.
Catherine Petenger, interim director of the UK Climate Action Network, said that the timetable and scope of the announcement are still unclear. Without these, the promise is “empty.”
The final statement is expected to be finalized at the last minute, and it will include an agreement on jointly fighting the coronavirus pandemic and recovering from the resulting economic crisis, as well as guidelines for countries such as China and Russia.
On Sunday, the naturalist Sir David Attenborough should also address the G7 leaders, warning them to face the most important decision in human history.
Before the rally, he warned that humans may be “on the verge of destabilizing the entire planet.”