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Paris monuments light up green to celebrate historic climate change action

Iconic monuments across Paris were bathed in green light last week to celebrate the beginning of a landmark global accord that sees countries all over the world working together to combat climate change.

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The Eiffel Tower is illuminated in green to celebrate the ratification of the COP21 (Conference of the Parties Climate Conference) climate change agreement in Paris, France on November 04, 2016. Image by Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Friday 4 November marked the first day of the enforcement of the Paris Agreement, a global strategy outlined at the Conference of Parties last December which saw almost 200 countries coming together to make a complex plan to reduce greenhouse emissions. The agreement is the largest single piece of climate change legislation ever enacted and will see countries making a conscious and continuous effort to wean themselves off the use of fossil fuels over the coming years. To mark the historic occasion, landmarks across Paris such as the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomph were seen bathed in a green light.

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The Arc de Triomphe seen bathed in green light to celebrate the ratification of the agreement. Image by Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

“This is a moment to celebrate. It is also a moment to look ahead with sober assessment and renewed will over the task ahead. In a short time – and certainly in the next 15 years – we need to see unprecedented reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and unequalled efforts to build societies that can resist rising climate impacts,” said Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The Greek Parliament joined in on the historic event by also going green for the night.
The Greek Parliament joined in on the historic event by also going green for the night. Image by Giorgos Georgiou/NurPhoto via Getty Images

A new round of United Nations climate talks, known as COP22, are due to take place this week in Marrakesh, Morocco where representatives from countries will look at ways to implement last year’s agreement.