During COP-21, as the whole world watched in rapt attention, negotiators gathered at the airport Le Bourget on the outskirts of Paris, which served as headquarters. While they worked to hammer out the details of the agreement, I ventured out into the streets of central Paris to document the little ways the climate talks were affecting the city.

 

From solar panels and wind turbines on Avenue des Champs-Élysées to icebergs from bergy bits derived from the Greenland Ice Sheet in Place du Panthéon to the projection of more than 500 faces on the National Assembly, COP21 left its mark on the City of Light.

 

CLIMATE PROTESTS

 

On November 30, 2015, climate activists gathered around the statue of Marianne in Place de la République in Paris, France.

 

The day had started out peacefully: more than 10,000 pairs of shoes, including the Pope's, filled the square to create a silent march, and a breezy marionette floated through the crowd, only pausing to lay a rose at the makeshift memorial for victims of the month's deadly ISIS attacks.

 

But by the afternoon, French anarchist groups had flooded the square, using the memorial as an artillery and pelting police barricades with glass votives and flower pots. Clouds of tear gas descended upon the crowd and, when night fell, nearly 200 protesters were hauled away in police vans.

ANGELS OF CLIMATE

 

One of the many groups to attend COP21 was the Climate Guardians, a women's theatre troupe from Australia concerned about coal plants and non-renewable energy. I followed the group of women, who ranged in age from early 20s to early 70s, around Paris as they prepared for each day's demonstrations.

 

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