Light comes to Paris late on winter mornings and the streets are nearly empty as I head out in search of a morning newspaper. It’s the day after the ratification of the ‘historic’ legally binding Paris Agreement and ministers and delegations from over 190 nations are already in glorious retreat home from the pomp and circumstance afforded them during the two weeks of negotiations at Le Bourget.
While climate negotiators from around the world wrangle in Paris over a final agreement, citizens, activists, and organizers have been pushing inside an outside the summit for real climate justice. In the aftermath of recent terrorist attacks public demonstrations have been banned during the two weeks of climate talks. However this New Internationalist photo gallery presents defiant public demonstrations and other events from frontline struggles against the harmful causes and effects of climate change.
PARIS — Several thousand climate activists from across Europe and many from farther afield gathered peacefully near the Arc de Triomphe on Saturday to protest the outcome of the COP 21 climate conference about 12 miles away.
Today, after two weeks of tortuous negotiations – well, 21 years, really – governments announced the Paris Agreement. This brand new climate deal will kick in in 2020. But is it really as ‘ambitious’ as the French government is claiming?
PARIS, FRANCE, December 12, 2015 – The climate deal to be agreed today is a sham, according to Friends of the Earth International.
“Rich countries have moved the goal posts so far that we are left with a sham of a deal in Paris. Through piecemeal pledges and bullying tactics, rich countries have pushed through a very bad deal,” said Sara Shaw, Friends of the Earth International climate justice and energy coordinator.
Mere mention of the Paris climate talks is enough to make James Hansen grumpy. The former Nasa scientist, considered the father of global awareness of climate change, is a soft-spoken, almost diffident Iowan. But when he talks about the gathering of nearly 200 nations, his demeanor changes.