Marching climate activists urge G7 to step up

FALMOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM (AFP) – Thousands of environmental campaigners rallied noisily and colourfully on Saturday in Cornwall to urge G7 leaders to do far more against climate change and biodiversity loss.

Beating drums and holding placards, up to 2,000 activists from the Extinction Rebellion (XR) pressure group staged a procession through Falmouth.

The harbour town in southwest England is being used to host a media centre for reporters from around the world covering the first in-person gathering of the elite group since 2019.

Heightened security stretching around the seaside resort at Carbis Bay, including extensive police checkpoints and Royal Navy vessels offshore, has kept protesters largely out of the world leaders’ view.

Climate activists, wearing giant heads depicting the leaders of the G7, sit on beach chairs as they participate in an action on Swanpool Beach in Falmouth, Cornwall, England. PHOTO: AP