COP 21 is the reunion of government representatives and officials largest in numbers ever to be organized. At the very least, this demonstrates an understanding of the seriousness of the environmental challenge the world is now facing. The fact that we are facing possible extinction by the end of this century is now starting to become mainstream knowledge thanks to the scientific work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and other organizations committed to planetary survival. We are faced with this new understanding on an international level, on the radio, in conferences, films, and books. People from all walks of life are experiencing the effects of climate changes. Many amazing people are now engaged in the struggle for climate and ecological justice on a global scale.
After a flood of international media reporting on the local events, at 11:30 am there was a well-organized legal human chain 50 meters from la place de La République on Voltaire street. It was safe and performed in an atmosphere that was playful, yet, heartfelt, peaceful and deeply engaging. This human chain was performed for one hour, after which tensions began rising between organizers and police officers.
It is hard to say how the various factions will influence each other. How the imagination of the social fabric, and its various expressions, or lack of, will influence or not, the corporate pressured global governmental discussions at COP 21. Though all of this unraveling confusion, creativity and the human spirit continue to be the strongest tools to inspire and attract the positive attention we need to solve these pressing global problems.