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The BBC has unveiled a statue of the leaders of the Group of Seven countries in the form of Mount Rushmore made of electronic waste in an attempt to highlight the environmental dangers of disposing of electronic devices.


A statue of the G7 leaders was erected and dubbed "Mount Recyclemore", with sculptor Joe Rush saying he hopes the need to make it more reusable or recyclable will emerge, saying: "It has to be repairable or made to last." For a longer time because things will be buried in the landfill.”


According to a report by the United Nations, more than 53 million tons of e-waste were generated worldwide in 2019 - more than 9 million tons five years ago.


The seven leaders who appear in the statue are British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, French President Emmanuel Macron, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and US President Joe Biden.


Rush, who was commissioned to create the artwork by musicMagpie, explained that the highly visible location of his piece was chosen across from the Carbis Bay Hotel, where the summit is due to take place this weekend, in the hope that they will be filmed. .


"We've looked at them and hope to trick their consciences into realizing that they're all working together in this trash business," Rush said. "The main message is to talk to each other, and let's sort this mess out."

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