As France cracks down on protests at the Paris climate change talks, activists find new ways to get their message out...
For months, climate activists have been planning huge demonstrations in Paris as world leaders convene this week in a last-gasp attempt to hammer out a global agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions and avert an environmental catastrophe. Then the terrorist attacks of Nov. 13 scuttled that show of force after the French government banned street protests during the United Nations summit being attended by 195 nations. The activists, many of whom were born after climate negotiations began in 1992, remain undaunted, finding new ways to get their message out. “The fossil fuel industry already has got five times more carbon reserves than it could ever burn,” says activist Dani Paffard. “They spend millions every year looking for more. It’s suicide. Unless we stand up to the power of the fossil fuel industry, we’re all going to burn.”
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