We’ve all seen the news about the G7 summit happening in Cornwall . But perhaps some of you are asking what is this all about? And should I be interested?
The G7 summit brings together major global economies including the UK, US, the European Union, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan in one place, to discuss key global issues that have directly impacted the global economy.
So, what will they be talking about?
FOUR PAWS in keen to keep an eye on this meeting of global powers and see what decisions are being taken regarding both climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged to call for a global approach to dealing with pandemics including how to prevent future ones. With his five-point plan, he hopes to encourage greater research into zoonotic diseases and design a global early warning system.
Despite arriving at the summit in a private plane, he has also expressed his desire to focus on climate change which has been stated as a top priority for the UK ahead of the UN climate conference (COP26) later this year. From this meeting we may see plans to support green finance, move away from our dependcy on fossil fuels and how to help developing countries take action against climate change.
Educating children on the issue
Aalongside the G7 event, COP26 has just launched a climate pack for schools which the Prime Minister was seen promoting in schools last week. This great Education Pack will encourage schools to celebrate student climate leaders – those playing their part in tackling climate change. Arguably, young people have the biggest stake in the outcome of the COP26 conference with their futures directly impacted by the decision global leaders make today.
Should we add an explainer as to what the COP26 is
Artwork with a message
One local artist has created a fantastic display playing on the infamous Mount Rushmore in the US – called ‘Mount Recylemore’. This fantastic piece had made media headlines and it a great awareness raising effort to talk about the importance of recycling to address climate change.
How can you respond to the climate crisis?
In the meantime, one of the main ways you and I can make a difference to the environment and millions of animals worldwide, is to think about what we are eating. By trialing meat-free-Mondays or swapping dairy products for plant-based alternatives, we can reduce the overall demand for animal products and agricultural systems that are responsible for a huge level of emissions that is essentially driving higher temperatures and effecting ecosystems at a terrifying rate.
If we all do our bit and take small steps such as this, we can make a huge difference. This is what #LiveKinder is all about.