Pathway to Paris

I am back in the states now, reflecting on everything that took place this month in Paris. The nations of the world reached a global climate agreement, 350 and other organizations spearheaded a beautiful demonstration on December 12, andPathway to Paris had our final culmination of over a year of events with two incredible evenings at Le Trianon on December 4 and December 5. There were so many unexpected collaborations that took place, new connections made, and a great feeling of camaraderie and the beginning of a new era of action. Becky and I met and heard the words of the world's great leaders and participants in the climate justice movement, and attended some incredibly inspiring events including a divestment rally and the UNDP Equator Prize awards ceremony, which honored the work of Indigenous Peoples around the world, with additional words from amazing world voices such as Jane Goodall and Helen Clark. The feeling in Paris was inspiring, and we were so honored to be a small part of this moment in time. 

 

We are so thankful to everyone who helped to make the Pathway to Paris events possible. To all of our contributors, sponsors, participants, to the audience, to our Paris team, to everyone. Both evenings were documented by Jules Lahana. Below you can watch two beautiful short films he created which include powerful moments from each evening. I feel they capture the energy of both days so perfectly. Please take a moment to watch them. There's really no other way to describe what happened then to watch and listen. :)

Friday, December 4

 

Saturday, December 5

Pathway to Paris speakers and performers at our official press conference on December 4th at Le Petit Trianon. From Left: Fally Ipupa, Naomi Klein, Bill Mckibben, Jesse Paris Smith, Rebecca Foon, Tenzin Choegyal, Patti Smith, Flea

Pathway to Paris speakers and performers at our official press conference on December 4th at Le Petit Trianon. From Left: Fally Ipupa, Naomi Klein, Bill Mckibben, Jesse Paris Smith, Rebecca Foon, Tenzin Choegyal, Patti Smith, Flea

 

Reviews and Press

United Nations Development Programme Photo Essay: Pathway to Paris 

We are so thankful to Andrea Egan and our partners, UNDP. Thank you to Andrea for creating this beautiful photo essay of our evenings at Le Trianon. 

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Rock UR Life

Nice review and great photos from both evenings

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UNDP Equator Prize Awards Ceremony

Beautiful photo essay of this incredibly moving evening celebrating the great work of Indigenous Peoples around the world 

Read more from Exposure

 

 

EcoWatch

Nice review of the first evening from EcoWatch

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Tibet is the third pole, the roof of the world. If we don't take care of it, it will leak. #RoofOfTheWorld Photo from the stage by Tenzin Choegyal

Tibet is the third pole, the roof of the world. If we don't take care of it, it will leak. #RoofOfTheWorld Photo from the stage by Tenzin Choegyal

Becky and me with Bill Mckibben, founder of 350

Becky and me with Bill Mckibben, founder of 350

Film by 350.org: Paris Demonstration on December 12: D12

'On December 12, thousands of ordinary people were in the streets of Paris to show that we will continue organizing for climate justice — no matter what heads of state decide.'

I urge everyone to use www.350.org as a main source for truthful and honest news, updates, and moving forward with the climate justice movement post Paris. They will boil it down to the truth, what you need to know, and how to be involved. 

Great post from 350 about what happened in Paris and what's to come

Pathway to Paris started over a year ago as an idea Becky and I had, and it has been so amazing to see it all happening before our eyes. There are so many people to thank, so many volunteers and people who did such great inspiring work, to all of our friends and family who have been so supportive and helpful in countless ways. Everyone: the time is now. We have a global climate deal, and there is so much powerful energy coming from such a diversity of voices, giving us so much hope, but we all have to stay on this momentum and keep working. We cannot rely on anyone to do the work for us. If we are not a part of the solution, we are part of the problem. We have to make it personal. Let's work together. It's the beginning of a new era. 

Please keep yourself informed and stay in touch via Pathway to Paris and 350.org