What Forced UN Chief Ban-Ki-Moon Sends Shoes to Paris?


Paris: About 20,000 pairs of shoes were laid out in the Place de la Republique in the French capital, from high-heels to boots on Sunday, to symbolise absent marchers after attacks by Islamic State militants killed 130 people on Nov. 13 and led France to ban a protest that was meant to be at the heart of the global action.

Tens of thousands of people joined one of the biggest global days of climate change activism, from Sydney to Berlin, to put pressure on world leaders to unite in fighting global warming at a summit in Paris.

Organisers said the Vatican sent a pair of shoes on behalf of Pope Francis. One activist, dressed in white as an angel with large wings, held a sign saying “coal kills”.

More than 2,000 events were being held in cities including Sydney, Berlin, London, Sao Paulo and New York, making it perhaps the biggest day of climate action in history on the eve of the Paris conference which runs from Nov. 30-Dec. 11.