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This is Only the Beginning: COP21 – Climate Emergency (Dispatch 6)

On Saturday December 12, the UN climate negotiations between nearly 200 countries finally resulted in what world leaders called a historic agreement marking the end of the fossil fuel era.

To put pressure on decision makers before the final announcement of the deal, thousands of civilians and climate activists in Paris mobilized to form giant “red lines” in the center of Paris, to symbolize the boundaries that negotiators must not cross.

VICE News finds out why the French authorities lifted the ban on protests for the end of the COP21, why people are protesting when the climate deal is being celebrated as a ‘turning point’, and meets a UN Climate Summit observer and former key negotiator to find out what the deal really means.

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Read “Nations Agree to Historic Pact on Climate Change” – http://bit.ly/1jYv692

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Naomi Klein and Jeremy Corbyn: COP21 – Climate Emergency (Dispatch 5)

As the COP21 climate talks reach their final crucial stages, outside of the negotiation halls in Paris environmental NGOs, grassroots organizations, climate justice activists and trade unions from all over the world have been uniting to form a new global green movement.

One of its driving forces is Canadian social activist Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything, Capitalism vs The Climate. She has been speaking at activist meetings and talking to UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who before being elected committed to a 100 percent sustainable energy transition in the UK by 2030.

The last week of the COP21 has seen the opening of the climate action zone, a space for civil society to mobilize and prepare its final protest showdown at the end of the conference on December 12, now known as “D12”.

VICE News meets Naomi Klein and Jeremy Corbyn and finds out what this new international climate justice movement has in store for the end of the summit.

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Watch “Climate Activism Under Attack: COP21 – Climate Emergency (Dispatch 2)” – http://bit.ly/1REMNbd

Watch “Toxic Tours and Civil Disobedience: COP21 – Climate Emergency (Dispatch 3)” – http://bit.ly/1XWkOsD

Watch “Cop-Outs and Denial: COP21 – Climate Emergency (Dispatch 4)” – http://bit.ly/1M7BgtT

Read “With Protests Banned in Paris, Climate Activists Embrace Other Forms of Expression” – http://bit.ly/1NsEEoI

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Cop-Outs and Denial: COP21 – Climate Emergency (Dispatch 4)

As international ministers arrive in Paris for the final week of the COP21 conference to reach an agreement intended to define the future of human existence on the planet, the climate justice movement is stepping up its critique of the UN climate talks.

Meanwhile, climate change deniers are holding a counter conference with the ambition of stopping an agreement, hosted by some of those named as the worst “climate criminals” at COP21 by global advocacy group Avaaz.

VICE News talks to Kumi Naidoo, head of Greenpeace, to find out what influence the world’s biggest environmental NGO has over the UN talks, and attends a climate change deniers conference.

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Watch “Toxic Tours and Civil Disobedience: COP21 – Climate Emergency (Dispatch 3)” – http://bit.ly/1XWkOsD

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Toxic Tours and Civil Disobedience: COP21 – Climate Emergency (Dispatch 3)

Activists at the COP21 conference in Paris are outraged by the fossil fuel industry’s influence over the talks, claiming that big business is hijacking the pivotal climate negotiations by providing official sponsorships that allow them to get away with tax evasion and “greenwash” their continued use of dirty energy.

VICE News attended the Solutions COP21 exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris, where energy companies, car manufacturers, and other corporate groups displayed what climate activists consider to be false solutions for the future. There, we witnessed plainclothes police officers corralling and suppressing demonstrators, along with members of the international press and unsuspecting visitors.

Watch “Climate Activism Under Attack (Dispatch 2)” – http://bit.ly/1XRgfdT

Watch “Police Clash With Protesters in Paris (Dispatch 1)” – http://bit.ly/1NxS96o

In Photos: Inside the Paris Climate Talks – http://bit.ly/1OFXDwM

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Climate Activism Under Attack: COP21 – Climate Emergency (Dispatch 2)

At the COP21 Paris Climate Talks, the prospect of nations reaching an agreement preventing irrevocable climate change is looking bleak, and discontent is growing among the activists on the ground. Environmentalists feel particularly targeted under the state of emergency imposed after the terror attacks. Squats are being raided by police, climate activists are being put under house arrest around France without committing any crime, and hundreds of people who defied the protest ban to attend a mass demonstration were tear gassed and arrested.

In this dispatch, VICE News hears from United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon at a chic COP21 opening party, visits the COP21 to talk to an expert to find out why we’ve had 20 summits and still no agreements, while carbon emission levels continue to rise. We visit one of the 24 climate activists under house arrest, and we attend an international climate justice conference hoping to achieve what it believes the UN can’t.

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Who Cares About Climate Change?

Ninety-seven percent of qualified climate scientists say that the Earth is getting hotter and humans are to blame. Yet in the United States, at least, large segments of the population continue to think that global warming doesn’t exist, or that it’s part of a natural cycle.

Some blame the media for the disconnect, or the public figures who deny climate change. Others say it’s because global warming is often seen as a distant threat — rather than the cause of dramatic storms, rising sea levels and ever-creeping global temperatures.

VICE News sits down with climate scientist Heidi Cullen to discuss why it’s so hard to get people to care about climate change and what can be done to help people understand its impacts.

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Police Clash With Protesters in Paris: COP21 – Climate Emergency (Dispatch 1)

As more than 140 world leaders converge in Paris to try to reach an agreement to prevent irrevocable climate change, discontent is growing outside the conference halls among those who say what countries have pledged so far is not enough.

The State of Emergency declared by French president François Hollande in the aftermath of the deadly Islamic State terror attacks in Paris means the long planned Paris Climate March is outlawed, along with all other protests during COP21. But even during this security lockdown, climate activists from around the world have traveled to Paris and are refusing to be silenced.

VICE News follows activist collective Brandalism as it takes over key advertising spaces to highlight the links between consumerism, fossil fuel dependency and climate change. We meet young climate activists finding creative ways of circumventing the protest ban, and we’re on the scene at Place de la Republique as frustrated protesters get teargassed by police after defying the state of emergency rules.

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Read “In Photos: Anarchists Clash With Riot Police During Climate Summit Protest in Paris” – http://bit.ly/1Ssc1If

Read “Here’s What We Saw at the Huge London Protest Demanding Action on Climate Change” – http://bit.ly/1Iwfjo6

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