Big Smile, No Teeth: Amazon burns as world leaders move urgently to... uninspire

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro sings the national anthem during the launching ceremony of the new student ID at Planalto Palace in Brasilia on August 6, 2019. - Today marks one year since Bolsonaro was stabbed during a campaign rally. (Photo by EVARISTO SA / AFP)

When the G7 countries met recently in Paris, they discussed the big issue on everyone’s minds: the ongoing burning of the Amazon rainforest in a series of devasting fires.

Naturally, you’d hope some inspiring climate leadership would emerge when Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States meet. But nothing did. In fact, the G7 summit generated three deeply uninspiring moments of climate leadership.

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