20 Nov What’s Really at Stake at the Paris Climate Conference Now Marches are Banned
November 20th, 2015
By Naomi Klein
Whose security gets protected by any means necessary? Whose security is casually sacrificed, despite the means to do so much better? Those are the questions at the heart of the climate crisis, and the answers are the reason climate summits so often end in acrimony and tears.
The French government’s decision to ban protests, marches and other “outdoor activities” during the Paris climate summit is disturbing on many levels. The one that preoccupies me most has to do with the way it reflects the fundamental inequity of the climate crisis itself and that core question of whose security is ultimately valued in our lopsided world.