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6 ways to make your voice heard during the Paris Climate Summit

Activists participate in a climate march in New York City on Sept. 22, 2014.

Activists participate in a climate march in New York City on Sept. 22, 2014.

Climate change has long been a top issue on activist agendas around the world. But this month, conversations about real action and policy-driven change for the future of our planet are coming to a head.

The U.N. Paris Climate Summit will begin on Nov. 30, bringing together 196 countries with the goal of drafting a comprehensive, realistic and enforceable agreement to tackle climate change. It will be a call to action for the global community, and is a prime opportunity to implement tangible solutions.

Though similar summits happen annually, this year’s talks deserve particular attention.

Global leaders, scientists and climate activists alike consider this summit the last chance to reach an agreement before “dangerous human interference with the climate system” becomes inevitable. To help curb this, climate advocates are calling for change — notably to drop emissions of greenhouse gases drastically within the next decade. Global leaders are listening, with many coming to the climate talks with the goal of implementing a zero or negative emissions global policy.

These talks highlight a daily reality: Climate change is already having a serious impact on our lives and our planet, furthering inequality and making natural disasters more common and extremely devastating.

With so much at stake, it’s essential to make your voice heard. Doing so during the high-level talks may seem nearly impossible for someone who isn’t a global leader, but there are still ways to get in on the action, even from afar.

Continue reading to find out what you can do.

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