Climate Negotiations in Paris: the Art of the Possible

The Paris Agreement and the Art of the Possible

COP21 was winding down on Friday, December 11, but excitement was in the air as promise of a first-ever global climate agreement neared its dramatic conclusion.

On the way in to the Le Bourget conference site that day I shared an electric car ride with Juliana Phillip from the negotiating team for the EU.

As we discussed the outcome of the conference, I was interested to hear the perspective of someone “on the inside” of the negotiating rooms.

As we walked down the “Champs de Elysées” at Le Bourget, Ms. Phillip commented how interesting it had been to watch the negotiations play out over the proceeding weeks and months, culminating in the present moment that chilly Friday morning. 

As we parted ways, we both commented on how it demonstrated the Art of the Possible.

Indeed, the Paris Agreement signed at COP21 is far from perfect, but it was also a momentous step forward. When I arrived back home the next day, I wrote COP21, the Paris Agreement and the Art of the Possible

Author: Thomas Schueneman

Tom has more than ten years of experience as a freelance environmental writer, editor and publisher. As a freelance writer, Tom has contributed to some of the most popular environmental media organizations such as Earth911, TriplePundit, Slate, Cleantechnica and others. Tom was one of a select group of journalists invited by the German foreign ministry to cover German renewable energy technology and climate change policy. In 2009 Tom was an accredited journalist for COP15 climate conference in Copenhagen. In 2013 he traveled to Stockholm on behalf of the PepsiCo Foundation to cover World Water Week. Tom has built a network of contacts that include policymakers, press relations professionals, business leaders, scientists, and analysts involved in sustainable development, economics, and climate. Tom is the founder of TDS Environmental Media and a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists

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