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Trailer of the Week: G7 - End of the fossil fuel age?

Munich - The G7 summit has not met the expectations, but at least laid some groundwork for the UN conferences in New York on mankinds new Sustainable Goals 2015-2030, for the donor conference in Addis Abeba and for the Climate Summit in Paris. Considering the effort and costs to organize such an event the results were quite vague.

1) Environment

As announced by Merkel, the G7 leading industrial nations have agreed on measures to cut greenhouse gases by phasing out the use of fossil fuels by the end of the century. Environmental lobbyists described the announcement as a hopeful sign that plans for complete decarbonisation could be ruled on in Paris climate talks later this year. But they criticised the fact that leaders did not sign up to Merkel’s proposal on immediate binding emission targets.

In their 17-page communique the G7 leaders agreed to back the United Nations climate change panel IPCC’s recommendations to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions at the upper end of a range of 40% to 70% by 2050, using 2010 as the baseline.

Also they decided on a two degrees limitation for the global warming. This was considerated as a basic condition for a successful UN Climate Conference in Paris. As this is quite a sophisticated goal in theory, we have to question the reality. Even if the leading industrialized nations fulfill this ambitious goal they won´t stop climate change.

Watch Leonardo DiCaprio`s film "The 11th Hour" about enviroment and the state of humanity.
2) War and crises areas:

Obama and Merkel are firm on Russia sanctions. Moscow is the target of European Union and US sanctions over its role in the support of Ukrainian rebels. Germany, Britain and the US want an agreement to offer support to any EU member state tempted to withdraw backing for the sanctions on Moscow, which are hurting the Russian economy.

Obama claimed better results in the effort to punish Russia with international sanctions for its incursion in Ukraine. “Russia is in deep recession” as a result of coordinated sanctions on its economy, Obama said. “The G7 is making it clear that If necessary, we stand ready to impose additional significant sanctions against Russia.”

On the topic of Syria and the ISIS President Obama said Monday that the U.S. does not yet have a "complete strategy" to stem the advance of militants with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) because such a plan would require a commitment from the Iraqi government.

"Ground Zero: Syria"  is a short documentary illustrating the continuing civil war in Syria.
3) Economy:

The G7 countries also announced their assistance in enviromental, good governance and enhanced transparency in elections for african countries as well as support in their fight against terrorist organizations such as Boko Haram.

The german Chancellor Merkel also focused on womens empowerment and their participation in politics and the economy, not only in developing countries, but also industrial countries.

Also the leaders agreed on pushing TTIP in order to sign the treaty until the end of this year. TIPP is considered by many as a real threat to the European standard of quality, but also to the European economy, others see it as the only solution for an sustainable economic growth by making business much easier for global cooperations.

To get an impression of one possible results of TTIP, unlabeled genetically modified food , please watch the trailer of "The world according to Monsanto".

4) Poverty: 

Chancellor Merkel announced that the G7 goverments signed up to fight extreme poverty and hunger. Their goal is to reduce the number of people living in hunger and malnutrition by 500 million until 2030. Also they decided on improving the global response to epedemics such as the Ebola crises. The participating countries – Germany, Britain, France, the US, Canada, Japan and Italy – would work on initiatives to combat diseases and help countries around the world react to world epidemics, including a fund within the World Bank dedicated to tackling health emergencies.

Regarding this topic we recommend the feature film "Suddenly Gina" by Cinema for Peace and Richard Curtis with Catherine Deneuve and Jan Josef Liefers on how to end extreme poverty and what a G7/8-summit could have achieved.

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