Video: COP21 explainer

Originally published on with the headline “There’s a high-stakes dinner party in Paris and you’re invited. Check out our climate negotiations explainer” and on with the headline “Paris Is About to Make Huge News. This Video Explains Why.”

Has anyone ever tried to convince you to order something off a menu that you couldn’t afford? Or had a friend buy an expensive appetizer and assume you’ll help split the bill? That dynamic isn’t too different from what’s happening in climate policy right now. At the end of November, diplomats will gather in Paris for a high-stakes dinner party—and their orders are likely to affect the collective future of the planet.