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Climate Change Protesters Demand Meaningful Action At COP21

They know the stakes are "high."

The Conference of Parties (COP21) is expected to draw 750 stakeholders to Paris this week to address critical climate change issues. And hundreds of charged activists are taking to the streets to ensure that their voices –- and concerns –- are also heard.

These protesters are aware, as the World Health Organization (WHO) pointed out, that the “stakes are high” when it comes to climate change. According to WHO, 7 million people die every year due to air pollution alone. Climate change also affects human health by reducing food security and compromising water supplies and sanitation. 

And if the issue isn’t properly addressed, an estimated 100 million more people will plummet into poverty, according to the World Bank. 

To urge COP21 attendees to take meaningful action, a number of advocacy groups, including Climacts Angels Guardians and Non violent action COP21, have already started convening in Paris to demonstrate and demand new and effective policies.

  • PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 29: Demonstrators fight with police during the forbidden COP21 demonstration on November 29, 2015 in
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    PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 29: Demonstrators fight with police during the forbidden COP21 demonstration on November 29, 2015 in Paris, France. The demonstration was banned after the Paris terror attacks on November 13th. Thousands of people gathered to protest against global warming ahead of COP21 and an estimated 200 people were arrested after fighting with police. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
  • PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 29:  General view of Place de le Republique which is covered with shoes as part of symbolic rally or
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    PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 29: General view of Place de le Republique which is covered with shoes as part of symbolic rally organized by the NGO Avaaz during the forbidden COP21 demonstration on November 29, 2015 in Paris, France. The demonstration was banned after the Paris terror attacks on Friday, November 13th. Nevertheless, thousands of people gathered to protest against global warming ahead of COP21 and an estimated 100 people were arrested after fighting with police. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
  • PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 29: Demonstrators fight with police during the forbidden COP21 demonstration on November 29, 2015 in
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    PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 29: Demonstrators fight with police during the forbidden COP21 demonstration on November 29, 2015 in Paris, France. The demonstration was banned after the Paris terror attacks on November 13th. Thousands of people gathered to protest against global warming ahead of COP21 and an estimated 200 people were arrested after fighting with police. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
  • PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 29:   Demonstrators fighting with riot police at Place de la Republique during the forbidden COP21 d
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    PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 29: Demonstrators fighting with riot police at Place de la Republique during the forbidden COP21 demonstration on November 29, 2015 in Paris, France. The demonstration was banned after the Paris terror attacks on Friday, November 13th.Nevertheless, thousands of people gathered to protest against global warming ahead of COP21 and an estimated 200 people were arrested after fighting with police. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
  • A protestor disguised as a clown stands in front of riot police during clashes following a rally against global warming on No
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    A protestor disguised as a clown stands in front of riot police during clashes following a rally against global warming on November 29, 2015 in Paris, a day ahead of the start of the UN conference on climate change (COP21). French riot police used teargas to contain on November 29 in Paris some hundred protestors, many masked and others threw projectiles, according to journalist from AFP. AFP PHOTO / JOEL SAGET / AFP / JOEL SAGET (Photo credit should read JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)
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