Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer
June 25, 2010 — The G8 Summit has begun and organizers in Huntsville, Ontario say the event will go on, rain or shine.
Starting on Friday, June 25th, Canada's Muskoka region will host the 2010 G8 Summit, welcoming world leaders from eight of the world's most industrialized nations.
Delegates from France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United States, and the United Kingdom will meet at Huntsville's Deerhurst resort to discuss world economics and politics.
Anne White is the Director of Communications at Deerhurst Resort. She says the location of the summit is ideal for getting out and enjoying summer in Canada.
“When the leaders are at Deerhurst they do have a very packed schedule,” White told The Weather Network. “But we're are hoping ... they will be able to get out and enjoy some of that fantastic sunshine that is in the forecast.”
Still, organizers are prepared should Mother Nature throw some curve balls at them this weekend.
“We have back-up plans for every eventuality, and there would be, of course, interior venues options in case the leaders weren't able to go outside,” explains White.
While the weather plays a big role on the weekend activities, world leaders will have many other things on their minds.
The pressure is on from environmental groups to take action on climate issues. We spoke to Graham Saul who is the Executive Director of the Climate Action Network Canada. He says the ongoing oil spill crisis in the Gulf of Mexico and climate change are two huge things that need to be tackled.
“The answer to both of those two are effectively the same; one is we need world leaders to start transitioning us away from our dependence on oil and other kinds of fossil fuels and we need to start investing in the clean energy solutions that are going to drive the innovation, the jobs and the technology of tomorrow and that’s the kind of leadership we need at the G8 and the G20.”
Saul adds that if the leaders say they're putting real plans on the table in an attempt to battle climate change, then that will be considered a huge breakthrough of the event.
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With files from Andrea Stockton.