Paris Is About to Make Huge News. This Video Explains Why.

It’s going to be one of the biggest stories of the year.


This story originally appeared on Grist and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

Has anyone ever tried to convince you to order something off a menu that you couldn’t afford? Or had a friend buy an expensive appetizer and assume you’ll help split the bill? That dynamic isn’t too different from what’s happening in climate policy right now. Wealthier countries are (at least a little hypocritically) trying to convince developing countries that green energy is the way forward, leading to fairly fraught negotiations. And that’s just the first course!

At the end of November, diplomats will gather in Paris for a helluva high-stakes dinner party. How? Well, their orders are likely to affect the collective future of the planet. Check out Grist’s video above for all the savory details.

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