The subject of climate change is front and centre this week, as more than 140 leaders converge on Paris for the twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP
About 40-thousand will take in the U-N summit, which is due to last 12 days. Hopes are leaders will reach a long-term agreement on curbing emissions of greenhouse gases , blamed for global warming.
Pm Justin Trudeau arrived in Paris on Sunday preparing for the meetings. The PM using this opportunity to introduce himself to other world leaders attending the summit including France’s Francois Hollande, the Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko and India’s Narendra Modi.
As well the PM took time to pay homage to the victims in the the Bataclan nightclub, shot dead during the Paris attacks earlier in November. He visited the concert hall where the worst of the assaults occurred with a Quebec delegation which includes Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard and Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre.
U-S President Barack Obama, on his way to Paris, says the summit in the shadow of terrorist attacks is important symbol of spirit.
“When the world stands as one and shows that we will not be deterred from building a better future for our children” said Obama.
The conference is under extra-high security after extremists killed 130 people around Paris earlier this month.
Police in Paris did have to fire tear gas and clashed with protesters. Scuffles broke out between riot police and protesters on the Place de la Republique.
Thousands of Canadians planned to participate in marches all across Canada on Sunday to tell political leaders that a clean and renewable economy by 2050 is possible.
A coalition representing First Nations, business, labour, faith communities, environmental groups and concerned citizens with a call for action which included marches on Ottawa and Queens Park in Toronto.