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  1. Saturday: A day of climate campaigns

    Charley Adams

    BBC News Online


    The second day of the G7 summit saw an array of protests, dominated by environmental messages.

    It kicked off with a paddle-out protest declaring an ocean and climate emergency.

    Organisers say about 1,000 people took to the water on paddleboards, kayaks and surfboards at Gyllyngvase beach in Falmouth at midday.

    Campaigners say they never expected such a large turnout.


    Thousands of Extinction Rebellion campaigners marched through Falmouth on Saturday in a bid to highlight the threat to seas and wildlife unless more decisive action is not taken to combat climate change.

    Caricatures of world leaders stood on the street as campaigners passed by with chants of "G7 drowning in promises" and "action not words".

    Extinction Rebellion campaigners

    In the evening, while world leaders enjoyed a barbecue on the beach, Ocean Rebellion projected slogans on to a ship housing hundreds of police officers drafted in for the summit.

    Police were on scene in Falmouth Harbour at the protest involving a flotilla of boats.

    World leaders sunbathing

    World leaders were also spotted sunbathing in another climate change protest at Swanpool Beach near Falmouth on Saturday.

    Oxfam activists wearing papier mache heads were calling for the world leaders, currently in Cornwall, to commit to cutting emissions and to provide more financial help to vulnerable countries trying to respond to the impacts of climate change.

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    Video caption: G7 in Cornwall: Environmental protesters take to streets and sea

    About 200 protesters paddled out into the bay from Gyllyngvase beach in Falmouth.

  3. Campaigners never expected 'so many people'

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Protest on water

    Campaigners who took to the water in a climate change protest say they never expected such a large turnout.

    Organised by Surfers Against Sewage, the protest was for world leaders to recognise there is an ocean and climate emergency.

    The protesters gathered at Gyllyngvase beach in Falmouth at midday.

    Orion Page

    Orion Page from Falmouth took part, with the message “save our seas” on the side of his board.

    The 23-year-old said: “The sea is a massive part of my life and I want to allow people in the future to enjoy it as much as I have, and not allow it to deteriorate”.

    “I didn’t expect to see so many people - they said it was about 1,500 people but I think it could have been more", he added.

    Fred Horn and Daisy Borne

    Fred Horn, 21 and Daisy Borne, 22 paddled out on their surfboards for the protest at Falmouth.

    Fred told the BBC it was "nice to see people taking action".

    "I feel so involved in the local community and wanted to give something back and make sure the environment stays this way.”

  4. Graveyard of climate change to spur on ‘action’

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Jennifer Hudson

    A graveyard showing things that will go as climate change develops has been set up in a garden near the G7 media centre.

    Jennifer Hudson from Falmouth helped her parents set up the protest display.

    It has a model of the grim reaper standing over a graveyard, alongside a number of messages including “tick tock” and ‘100 seconds to midnight”.

    The 17-year-old says the display shows a “graveyard of things that will go when climate change has got too bad to fix it”.

    She says she hopes it will get people to take notice and “make the leaders take real action”.

    Climate change graveyard
  5. Bill Gates on the Environment

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    Video caption: Bill Gates talks to the BBC’s Justin Rowlatt about his views on the environment.

    Bill Gates talks to the BBC's Justin Rowlatt about his views on the environment, the future of the planet and how businesses and consumers can help slow global warming.