Recent G7 summits have been criticized for failing to address the big issues of the day. Some have suggested that present world leaders are better at generating hot air than reducing it.
This week, artists Joe Rush and Alex Wreckage reminded the G7 of its obligations to people and the planet (lead image, above). They created a Mount Rushmore-style sculpture of the G7 leaders from e-waste, which they named ‘Mount Recyclemore.’
The robotic faces will look across Cornwall’s Carbis Bay at the true leaders this weekend as they gather for the latest G7 summit. The facility will quietly urge them to address the growing scourge of e-waste, of which 15.9 million tons are produced by the G7 nations annually.
Separately, two giant footprints (pictured) appeared in the sand at Carbis Bay to highlight the size of the G7’s carbon footprint compared to the rest of the world. Other activist-led activity carried out in conjunction with the G7 includes Sea7, an event where conservationists will discuss solutions to ocean degradation.