Peekskill to Paris

Climate change–we all know it’s a thing. So do the nations of the world, which is why, from November 30 to December 11, the UN is organizing the COP21 summit in Paris, France. COP21 stands for 21st annual Conference of Parties, and as of November 24, 147 Heads of State have accepted French president Francois Hollande’s invitation to the opening of the conference to generate political momentum ahead of the negotiations, which will take place first at a technical level, then at ministerial level. This level of participation makes COP21 one of the largest diplomatic conferences ever organized, aside from the United Nations General Assembly sessions in New York. You can learn more about the talks at this site.

(And if you have an uncle who likes to take Thanksgiving dinner as an opportunity to rant about how all this climate change business is all made up, you can find some rebuttals to common erroneous arguments here.)

Now, all these international conferences may seem a bit remote–at the very least the commute will be difficult for most New Yorkers. Luckily, there’s a solution! This Saturday (November 28), from 1-3 PM, is the Peekskill to Paris Global Climate Rally on the Peekskill Riverfront Green. There will be music, speakers, food, and good times to be had! Plus, it will be an excellent opportunity to walk off some of the third slice of pumpkin pie…

You can find more info on the event website and on Facebook.

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