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Photos: In snow, sun, and mud, the world marches for a deal at the climate talks in Paris

Protesters in Ukraine and Brazil.
Reuters/Valentyn Ogirenko and Reuters/Pilar Olivares
Climate protests go global.
  • Cassie Werber
By Cassie Werber

Cassie writes about the world of work.

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Today, the COP21 talks opened near Paris—the latest conference to decide the world’s approach to tackling climate change. Ahead of the meeting of world leaders and negotiators, experts and lobbyists, thousands marched across the world to send a message about what climate change meant to them.

The protests took place—appropriately—in every imaginable climate. Here are some of them:

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Children brave the rain for a water-themed protest in in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
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Protesters in Paris, where an official march was cancelled due to the increased security following a recent terrorist attack.
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A Colombian Barzano Indian performs a rite ahead of a climate march in Bogota, Colombia.
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Protesters trudge through the snow in Kiev, Ukraine.
Reuters/Pilar Olivares
Protesters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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London, where up to 50,000 people joined a march.
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Protesters hold placards in the old city of Sanaa, Yemen.
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Protesters in New York, USA.
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Protesters raise their hands in Sydney, Australia.

Not everywhere were protests peaceful. In Paris, where the right to large gatherings is suspended following terrorist attacks earlier in the month, protesters clashed with police.

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Policemen fight with activists during a protest ahead of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference.

Parisians responded with a protest that involved laying out thousands of shoes where demonstrators would have stood.

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