Does Paris even care?

When walking through Paris, you have the impression that everybody is minding their own business. But in between Christmas decorations, tourists taking selfies and the still noticeable shock of the terrorist attacks, you suddenly spot it: a poster advocating a side event of the COP21. Then you become increasingly aware of more and more climate-related…

Time running out at Paris COP21

On search of the Polar Bear hooked on the end of an oil pipeline, I came across a remarkable natural sculpture: a clock ring of 12 icy lumps, monoliths of glacial ice counting up time. The work certainly intrigued the tourists. Children skipped delighted up to the glistening surfaces, the old and young absorbed by…

Oil Watch Africa – Climate Action Zone

Today in the Climate Action Zone, The Centquatre, Paris, we met one of the speaker from Nigeria who gave an astonishing speech during UWC Robert World College’s Opening Ceremony last year, Nnimmo Bassey. He moderated a presentation that followed by interactive interview called ‘Oil Watch Africa’ related with the COP21 in Paris. For the first…

Without words #4 -Patricia Aguirre

Place to B serves as a hub bringing many interesting people with different perspectives together – united by their vision for a better world. We have interviewed some of them in our very unique way… Patricia Aguirre from Bolivia believes in “leadership with integrity for a sustainable world”. She is one of the organizers of…

Without words #3 – Pavlos Georgiadis

Place to B serves as a hub bringing many interesting people with different perspectives together – united by their vision for a better world. We have interviewed some of them in our very unique way… Pavlos Georgiadis is an ethnobotanist, climate tracker and agrifood author. He worked as a researcher in 11 countries in Europe,…

Without words #2 -Mark Lichty

Place to B serves as a hub bringing many interesting people with different perspectives together – united by their vision for a better world. We have interviewed some of them in our very unique way… Mark Lichty is executive producer of the Fracking-documentary “Groundswell rising – protecting our children´s air & water”. He was an…

Without words #1 – Alexis LeMetais

Place to B serves as a hub bringing many interesting people with different perspectives together – united by their vision for a better world. We have interviewed some of them in our very unique way… Alexis Le Metais, 26, is a volunteer at Place to B. He is a student of eco-innovation in Paris and…

Action against Climate Change can’t be fun? Yes it can!

When we talk about climate change and sustainability we tend to think of something important but also of something inconvenient and something that can not possibly be fun. Well, that is not really true. Just today I received proof that acting against climate change can actually be fun and motivating instead of boring and frustrating. Today, six…

Urban Gardening @ Place to B

Being the first group of UWC students coming to volunteer at Place to B this morning at 8h, we were very excited and also a little anxious as to what we should expect and what would be expected from us. After getting our name badges for entry and coordination, we spent some time at the…

And so, it begins.

An eager group of 16 students (and I’d say an equally eager group of 2 staff members) boarded the bus to Paris. The upcoming 8 and a half hours are definitely going to be exciting. The plan has us arriving in Paris by around 10, getting settled, and grabbing some sleep before work begins tomorrow….