Engaging Youth in Climate Solutions

2015-12-05-15-40-29-eiffel towerWell, our first afternoon in Paris. As we entered the city from the airport, you could see the divide between the old structures and the new. The classic-sounding police sirens and the smell of fresh baked bread juxtaposed with modern high rises in the back drop. We raced to the Arc de Triomphe so we could see the whole city laid out in front of us. The view was amazing. To see the whole history and geography of Paris spread out in all directions was inspiring. The Eiffel Tower, the Sacre Coeur, the Louvre.

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We decided to stroll down the Champs Elysee and, to our delight, there was evidence of COP21 all the way down. Giant solar arrays, a wind turbine, and the charging stations for the electric cars. By far the best sight was the “charging” stations for the lights on the Champs Elysee: a group of bikes, some swings, and a giant hamster wheel for kids of all ages to run on, and signs telling them how they were helping to power the Christmas lights that decorate the street. Paris is engaging youth in climate solutions. That’s why we are here at COP21.

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