Reflections on the Paris climate talks

Despite wet weather in London on November 29th, there was a buoyant atmosphere in the run-up to the Paris climate talks as 40,000 people marched through the streets against climate change. Sarah McAdam, Transition Network’s delivery director, describes the march as a highlight of the COP21 fortnight, in which representatives from nearly 200 countries worked together to establish a global target.

‘We’ve never had a universal statement like this before – one in which almost all the governments of the world acknowledge the urgency and seriousness of the challenge we face and the impact already being felt by many of the poorest communities around the world. It feels like a huge shift in the way climate change is discussed and one which gives us a platform on which we can continue to build.’