COP21: an alternative citizen summit committed to the climate

While representatives of 195 states are negotiating about one of the most important issues for the future of our planet, the mobilization of civil society, here, in Paris, is in full swing to promote alternative and sustainable solutions for combating climate change.

The People’s Climate Summit, held in Montreuil, in the Paris region, this weekend (December 5 and 6), brought together more than 100 organizations and social movements from around the world, which conducted workshops on various topics. Organized on the sidelines of COP21, the Summit has allowed citizens to make their voices heard.

A few metres away, at the Global Village of Alternatives, the atmosphere was festive, with many stands run by civil society organizations and small local producers, theatrical performances, participatory games, and awareness-raising concerts. This is only the beginning of a dynamic week during which civil society is indeed determined to make its message heard: we must act now for climate justice!

Marie-Hélène Roy
Youth Programming Officer
Representative of Development and Peace with the Collectif québécois de la société civile COP21/Quebec Civil Society Collective at COP21
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