A giant sculpture made from electronic waste has been constructed across the water from a hotel in Cornwall, where this year’s G7 summit is being hosted.
The artwork depicts the faces of the world’s seven most powerful democratic leaders and aims to draw attention to e-waste that is generated by devices not recycled or resold each year.
According to a report published by the UN, 53.6 million tonnes of electronic waste was generated worldwide in 2019. If trends continue as they have over the last 5 years, we can expect this number to increase to 74 million tonnes by 2030.
The countries which make up the G7 are the UK, US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan. Alone, G7 nations contribute 15.9 million tonnes towards this figure of e-waste annually.
The hope is that upon arrival for the summit in Cornwall, world leaders will fly over and catch a glimpse of ‘Mount Recyclemore’ just as they are preparing to engage in talks about dealing with climate change and building a greener future.