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Oxfam climate protests on eve of G7 summit meeting

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Published on August 23, 2019 - Duration: 01:42s

Oxfam climate protests on eve of G7 summit meeting

Oxfam held a climate change protest on the eve of the G7 summit in Biarritz, as world leaders put pressure on Brazil to do more to save the amazon rainforest from wildfires.

Joe Davies reports.

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Oxfam climate protests on eve of G7 summit meeting

Dressed as world leaders posing as firefighters, Oxfam activists made their voices heard on the eve of the G7 summit on Friday (August 23).

They want leaders of the world's most powerful countries to deliver on their promise of fighting inequality during talks this week.

But the fight against inequality isn't the only one on people's minds here.

On the other side of the world, wild fires on a huge scale.

The Amazon rainforest is burning at a rate never seen before.

Hundreds of thousands of hectares have already been destroyed.

It's prompted French President Emmanuel Macron to declare an international crisis - as he called on fellow G7 leaders to urgently discuss the matter.

And Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has said Dublin will vote against a trade deal between the European Union and the South American trade bloc Mercosur unless Brazil takes action to protect the rainforest.

Brazil's president Jair Bolsonaro has fought back, telling foreign powers not to interfere - but also earlier admitted his country lacks the resources to control the fires.

Meanwhile, major fashion companies from all over the world said on Friday they had signed a pact to protect the environment, which they'll present at the summit.

But it seems unlikely that the environment will be top of Donald's Trump's agenda at the G7.

The U.S. president, who has dismantled scores of environmental rules and rejected mainstream climate science, will instead use the summit to call on fellow leaders to be more like the States and follow the American economic model, to help stave off a global slowdown.

The four-day summit gets underway here in Biarritz on Saturday (August 24).

The big theme is supposed to be about improving inequality across the world.

But as security is tightened ahead of world leaders arriving, instead the theme appears to be securing the future of the planet.

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