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Activists promise largest climate civil disobedience ever at Paris summit

 The winning poster of the 2015 Saxoprints Creative awards for WWF was inspired by the famous painting Liberty Leading the People from Eugène Delacroix. Photograph: Pierre Gaudoin / Céline Lentz / WWF France/2015 Saxoprints creative awards

The winning poster of the 2015 Saxoprints Creative awards for WWF was inspired by the famous painting Liberty Leading the People from Eugène Delacroix. Photograph: Pierre Gaudoin / Céline Lentz / WWF France/2015 Saxoprints creative awards

Thousands of climate change campaigners have promised to blockade a major UN climate summit in Paris with what they say will be non-violent direct action on a scale Europe has not seen before.

Grassroots groups from 350.org to Attac France are throwing their weight behind the “Climate Games” event for the landmark climate conference in December. The protests will involve 10 blockades, themed around “red lines” which they fear negotiators for the nearly 200 countries inside the summit may cross.

Governments are meeting in the French capital in the hope of reaching an agreement for action on climate change after 2020. Campaigners have shelved earlier plans to prevent delegates leaving the summit until they reach an emissions-cutting deal that matches activist ambitions.

350.org posters for COP21 “The redlines idea strikes just the right balance between ‘shut it down’ and ‘do your job’,” the author and campaigner Naomi Klein told the Guardian. “I also think that it is strong enough to grab the narrative, which will be critical if governments try to sell a bad deal as a success.”

On the last day of the summit – 11 or 12 December – thousands of people are expected to converge around the Le Brouget summit site with inflatable red lines, said John Jordan, an artist and prominent activist in the laboratory of insurrectionary imagination.

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