As the climate conference in Paris winds down, activists want France to take renewable energy more seriously.
Climate activists gathered Friday morning to give COP21 negotiators a little encouragement and send a message to the French government: get France to commit to producing 100 percent renewable energy by 2050.
Environmental group Greenpeace commissioned 80 activists from Germany, France and Belgium to paint a large, yellow sun on Paris’ Etoile — the roundabout that encircles the Arc de Triomphe.
They used washable paint that isn’t environmentally harmful, Greenpeace said.
— Greenpeace France (@greenpeacefr) December 11, 2015
Activists also scaled the Arc de Triomphe, holding up yellow signs that read: “Mr. Hollande, renew energy.”
Police eventually arrested about 70 people, according to Greenpeace.
Diplomats at COP21 — also known as the United Nations climate change conference — extended negotiations on a final climate framework for one extra day.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday that how extensive the accord should be and who would incur the financial costs associated with global warming are still points of contention.