G7: Boris Johnson mocked for flying to Cornwall to talk climate change


The Prime Minister arrived in Cornwall this evening (Picture: No 10 Downing Street/Getty)

Boris Johnson came under fire this evening after he jetted to Cornwall by private jet for a summit that will include talks on climate change.

This week’s G7 meeting will be the first time the Prime Minister meets new American president Joe Biden in person.

World leaders from seven nations – the UK, US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan – are gathering in the village of Carbis Bay for three days of talks.

The summit begins on Friday and Mr Johnson announced his arrival early this evening in an official tweet showing him stepping off a plane.

He wrote: ‘I’ve arrived in Cornwall for this year’s G7 where I’ll be asking my fellow leaders to rise to the challenge of beating the pandemic and building back better, fairer and greener.

‘It will be a busy and important summit, and I can’t wait to get started.’

Social media users wasted no time to point out that there were more environmentally-friendly ways to take the 280-mile trip from London.

I’ve arrived in Cornwall for this year’s @G7 where I’ll be asking my fellow leaders to rise to the challenge of beating the pandemic and building back better, fairer and greener.

It will be a busy and important Summit, and I can’t wait to get started.#G7UK pic.twitter.com/H4VSQ2SCD6

— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) June 9, 2021

Greta Thunberg took a boat to New York. Boris Johnson took a plane to Cornwall.

— Henry Mance (@henrymance) June 9, 2021

Extinction Rebellion replied: ‘You flew? And you expect us to take your claims to be fighting climate change seriously?’

Comedian Tiernan Douieb said: ‘Flying to Cornwall to promote building back greener is like promoting healthy eating by scoffing your way out of a sarcophagus made of Big Macs.’

Another person said: ‘You’ve got to be quite an entitled climate warrior to take a private plane to bloody Cornwall.’

Financial Times chief features writer Henry Mance wrote: ‘Greta Thunberg took a boat to New York. Boris Johnson took a plane to Cornwall.’

Writer Mollie Goodfellow said: ‘Sources telling me Boris Johnson has the air con in his hotel turned up to full but also has the windows open?’

Sources telling me Boris Johnson has the air con in his hotel turned up to full but also has the windows open?

— Mollie Goodfellow (@hansmollman) June 9, 2021

It would take around 5 hours and 20 minutes to drive to Carbis Bay from Downing Street.

An alternative and even faster option for Mr Johnson could have been a direct train from Paddington to St Erth and then a short 4-mile ride to Carbis Bay.

Tackling climate change and preserving the planet’s biodiversity is one of four priorities for the summit listed on the G7 website.

The UK and US leaders are set to agree a new transatlantic partnership to find solutions to the biggest challenges facing the planet when they meet on Thursday.

The new Atlantic Charter will commit the nations to apply their combined strength on issues including global defence and security, ‘building back better’ from coronavirus and stopping climate change.

Upon landing, Mr Johnson told reporters: ‘If you attack my arrival by plane, I respectfully point out that the UK is actually in the lead in developing sustainable aviation fuel and one of the points in the 10-point plan for our green industrial revolution is to get to jet-zero as well as net-zero.’

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