Around Christmas last year (2015) I’d finished working on a fairly exhausting youth work programme, and spent the weekend in bed watching the UNFCCC meeting in Paris unfold on social media and in the news. I’d just finished a masters in “Environment and Development”, and was hopeful that finally we’d get some agreement on one of the biggest challenges we face in the future: climate change.
The agreement wasn’t ideal – and the Red Lines protests that greeted the final text screamed out for more. I was, though, hopeful: that an agreement was reached at all gave us a foundation for change. The protest movements seemed like they could achieve ever-increasing change. The conversation was one of creating new futures and using the Paris Agreement as a foundation to build them.