The climate conference will still go on, and media outlets have been keen to repeat statements by French officials that the continuation of the conference represents a statement against terrorism.
With that said, however, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced shortly after the Paris attacks, in which 129 people were killed, that the planned marches and concerts meant to accompany the formal talks have been canceled.
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This includes the cancellation of two mega marches planned for Nov. 29, the day before the talks begin, as well as Dec. 12, at the end of the two weeks of negotiations. Organizers were hoping that as many as 200,000 environmentalists and concerned citizens would participate.
However, organizers of the marches are determined that their voices will be heard during the leaders’ summit, if not via mass marches then through more creative ways.
“We realize the gravity of the situation, but now more than ever, we need to find creative ideas to call on people to unite around climate action,” said Juliette Rousseau, coordinator of the Coalition Climate 21, the network of NGOS coordinating the mobilizations.
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