A hot air balloon released by Greenpeace near the Eiffel Tower exhorts Parisians - and people around the world - to 'Rise up for Renewables' just 48 hours before the landmark Conference of Parties talks commence in the French capital. Greenpeace flew its balloon on the same day that French President Francois Hollande met with environmental groups and called for a comprehensive climate deal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help developing nations adapt to climate change's effects. Already, countries are facing extreme storms, prolonged droughts, and rising sea levels.
The Paris climate talks will draw negotiators from nearly 200 countries and world leaders including US President Barack Obama and Indian PM Narendra Modi. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be leading the Canadian delegation.
A planned climate march in the French capital scheduled for Nov. 29 was cancelled owing to ongoing security concerns after the Nov. 13 Paris terror attacks.