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What’s hot and what’s not at Paris #COP21

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Ron Mader under a Creative Commons Licence

We missed you.


Local French organizers

The stress and repression they’ve been facing has been unbelievable. All credit to them for keeping it together and coming through. Please, please take some holidays.

Inflatable objects

Disobedient and desirable, and activist de rigueur this year.


From Redlines to the Louvre/Total action, a recurring motif.

‘It Takes Roots’ delegation

Serving frontline fierceness inside and outside the COP. Slick production values for some very real people.

Red Lipstick

Red lines, red lips, ready to take on the world.

Naomi Klein’s hair

So much bounce and lustre. We’d love to know the secret of her product.

Naomi at the Red Lines action COP21, Paris

Posted by Naomi Klein on Saturday, December 12, 2015


Live video streaming from your prison cell. Totally illegal in France. Totally badass from these Art Not Oil activists who got arrested after the Louvre action.

Activists arrested in the Louvre secretly sent this message fr...

Ten performers were arrested today at the Louvre for challenging its sponsorship by oil companies Total and Eni. But they managed to smuggle a phone into their cell to get this message out.Performance by End oil-sponsorship of the arts, BP or not BP?, G.U.L.F. Liberate Tate, Not An Alternative Occupy Museums, Platform London, Science Unstained, Shell Out Sounds, No Tar Sands, Stopp oljesponsing av norsk kulturliv, The Natural History Museum alongside other artists and activists from around the world. Film supported by 350.org and Real Media.

Posted by New Internationalist Magazine on Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Breakdancers at the ZAC (climate convergence space)

Effortlessly demonstrating to the climate movement that it needs to seriously up its game when it comes to busting some moves.

1.5 degrees

Thank god this is getting talked about again.

Kayaktivists on the Seine

It’s hard to pick just one moment from all the amazing Indigenous-led actions that took place in Paris. This was one of them.

Vandana Shiva rocking out with Flea at Pathway to Paris

Looking forward to hearing some of their studio material together.

The Art Space at Jardin de Alice

For those seeking solace from the soullessness of Le Bourget, this was a very welcoming space. Great food and all your action materials to hand.

German activists

They nearly didn't come, then changed their minds, got stuck in and were indispensable.


Avaaz triumphalism

Our stomachs were steeled in advance, but the inevitable ‘We did it!’ email (obviously written weeks beforehand) was quite something to behold. Hard to choose just one ‘not hot’ thing for Avaaz, but this is a worthy winner. You are a mailing list, not a movement.

1.5 degrees

Cynically signing up to 1.5, with no intention of delivering.

Pushy climate vegans

Trying to tell Via Campesina and Indigenous peoples what to eat and having some pretty dodgy stats on animal emissions.

French police

Cops are never hot obvs. But way not feeling the French ones. And especially not their shoulder pads.

Man buns

Not on Thom Yorke. Not on anyone. No.

The inevitable manarchist intervention in any public discussion

Dude, we get it. You’re super-radical and heavily invested in your political identity. Now please sit down and be quiet.

Leaving all the good stuff out of the agreement

Indigenous rights, human rights, shipping and aviation, pretty much anything binding...

Green Warriors of Norway

In biker jackets handing out free condoms saying ‘over-population is the biggest climate issue’. Not just neo-Malthusian, comes across a bit neo-fascist.


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