Welcome to carbonstories.org. On this site you can learn about Michael Johnson-Chase and follow my blogs. With some exceptions, this site follows "theme based" cycling tours focusing on social and climate related issues. Slowed down observations of the world over days, weeks and months at 10 to 15 miles an hour can reveal a depth and quality of understanding about our environment often missed by faster modes of travel.

Photos from COP21, December 3-13, 2016

Photos from COP21, December 3-13, 2016

Homage for the victims of the Paris attacks at Place de la Republic

Homage # 2 for the victims of the Paris attacks at Place de la Republic

Place de la Republic at night, December, 2015 

Tributes at Place de la Republic

A weapons store in Paris not too far from Gare de Nord. So odd to see after the attacks...

Another view of the weapons store against a Parisian backdrop.

People at work at PlacetoB after a long day. 

A panel discussion at PlacetoB

Announcement of a "solutions" exhibit at the Gran Palais. This exhibit received well deserved criticism by climate activists for its corporate approach. It was bland, self-promoting and unimaginative - and palliative. No, corporations won't save us from climate change. 

Outside the exhibit activists gathered to support a lightpole climber shouting anti-corporate slogans.

While others went to Le Bourget to be delegates or observers at COP21.

Inside the "Green Zone", a space for public events adjacent to the Delegate Hall, occasional protests would spring up. This was a mock funeral for Ecuadoreans. Ice and pallbearers. 

On the next day in the Champ de Mars, indigenous people gathered to speak from the heart about the plight of the earth and her creatures.  

Another version of activism. 

The French have a sense of humor. I found this tucked away on a side street near the Sorbonne. 

The famous ice show was a big hit and the fragments of glaciers melted as COP21 wore down. The Artist in Charge of the Installation was Olafur Eliasson.

The blue hues are characteristics of glaciated ice. 

On Sunday, December 13, as the Delegates finished the final agreement, thousands of people took to the streets all over Paris in celebration and protest. This photo was taken near the Arc de Triomphe on the Avenue de la Grande Armee. 

More celebration.

And more.

Red umbrellas as a symbol of continued resistance. 

Santa Clause always comes to climate talks. Where will he go when the ice is gone? 

Forrest Watkins and 360bybike.org

Forrest Watkins and 360bybike.org

The Making of Public Art

The Making of Public Art