The Paris Climate Conference, Explained (in Easily-Digestible Dinner Party Terms)

In about a month’s time, world leaders will convene in Paris to negotiate an agreement to tackle climate change. In the run-up to the atmospheric showdown, you’ve probably seen some headlines swirling around—mentioning Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, greenhouse gas emissions peaks, and the two-degree target. But if you still don’t really understand what it all means, watch the above video, in which Grist breaks down the specifics of the negotiations in terms we can all understand: food.

As the video says, “You can think of [the conference] as a dinner party for 25,000 people…and none of them really get along that well…and they have to save the world from total climate disaster.” Gulp. Let’s hope they bring their best table manners.

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