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Democracy on the Beach – Audio Version

Democracy on the Beach – Audio Version

Sun, sand, and reasons to be cheerful: a contrarian view of the G7 summit.

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Here in the UK, we hosted this G7 summit this week.

If nothing else it’s produced some beach pictures that our elected representatives can cherish forever.

But it also felt a moment to pause and reflect. On the hard problems we face as a human collective in 2021. What we’re doing to solve them. And the reasons we have to be optimistic.

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1. Watching the Global North’s most powerful humans exchange elbow bumps on the sand, it sometimes felt as though this meeting was the long first scene in a novel by JG Ballard.

2. Seen another way, the summit has had strong new Lorde video energy.

3. We’re halfway through 2021, and there have already been as many COVID deaths this year as there were in all of 2020.

4. In advance of this week’s summit, G7 finance ministers agreed a landmark new global tax framework, intended to stop the tax avoidance practised by techno-corporate giants such as Amazon.

5. On China, Biden is pushing a new Build Back Better World plan as an alternative to China’s Belt and Road.

6. G7 leaders pledged this week to move away from coal-burning power stations at home, and the end the funding of them in the developing world.

7. Meanwhile, the summit closed with a promise to donate 1 billion vaccine doses to the developing world.

Solar power

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David Mattin is the founder of the Strategy and Futures Research Unit. He sits on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Consumption.

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