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In an attempt to highlight the damage caused by the disposal of electronic devices, artists created a massive sculpture of the G7 leaders shaped like Mount Rushmore near the G7 summit in Carbis Bay. The sculpture is made with 12 tons of electronic waste.
More than 53 million tons of e-waste were generated worldwide in 2019, according to a United Nations report, which was 9 million tons more than five years earlier.
The G-7 nations collectively produce 15.9 million tons of e-waste each year. The four worst offenders are: the U.S., 6.9 million tons; Japan, 2.9 million tons; Germany, 1.6 million tons; and the UK, 1.3 million tons.
“Our goal is to bring the global issue of e-waste to light as leaders of the world’s most advanced economies prepare to discuss how to tackle climate change and build a greener future,” musicMagpie, commissioner of the art, work wrote on their Instagram.
The sculpture is a reminder that while technological innovation is often promoted as a solution to climate change, it contributes to the problem as well, whether through the mining of rare earth metals needed to build devices or the constant upgrades that render hardware obsolete.
Sculptor Joe Rush said electronic devices must be made longer lasting and more repairable to reduce e-waste
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