Paris Treaty Agreement

12 December - COP21 has succeeded! A climate treaty signed up to by every country in the world!


As the negotiators worked through the long day to finalise the agreement, we took to the streets in true Parisian style. We burst into songs from Les Miserables as the barricades were build up (in balloon cubes of one-tonnes of CO2) and then knocked down. Nor did the singing stop there. We sang along with a range of apposite climate lyrics fitted to “Jerusalem” “Those were the days” and “I’m dreaming of a white Arctic”.

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In keeping with French anarchist tradition, we started the day in the bar with our Gauloise and red wine (cup of coffee really) and received our details of the 11.45 rendezvous by text at 10.16: “Today is #D12. Meeting point along Ave de la Grande Armee from Place de Etoile and Porte Maillot. Bring something red. Let others know.”

To be fair, despite my favourite placard “Never trust a COP”, the police were great. The supposed thin red line looked much more like the 15-thousand strong demonstration that it was – but they stood quietly at the edges. It all caught up with us later though, when we marched under the Eiffel Tower and tried to enter the Champ de Mars. No placards allowed in there! And for Richard, an outright ban – well, the damage he could do with a thermos…

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The polar bears were out in force; and the Grandparents Against Global Warming. And we won. Not only did we make the demonstration that we felt we should, but we supported the negotiators in their final push to make our world safer. Though the Eiffel Tower this afternoon still clocked away the increasing carbon load the atmosphere is absorbing, at last the countries of the world have recognised and agreed that this must change. There is a red line that must not be crossed.

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