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Paris Climate Talks Begin, End, After Tree Planting Ceremony Signals Commitment to Saving Environment

President Obama sizes up the challenge ahead. Not pictured: David Cameron, Vladimir Putin, meaningful climate legislation.

Expressing their desire to tackle climate change seriously, world leaders commenced climate talks in Paris on Sunday with a ceremonial tree planting. Presidents, prime ministers, and ministers of environmental affairs from around the world waved lighters in the air and sang “Colors of the Wind” from the Disney movie Pocahontas, while U.S. President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and Russian President Vladimir Putin had the honor of putting the sapling in a hole in the ground and patting dirt on its roots.

Upon completing the planting, attendees joined together in making sad faces at pictures of baby seals and solemnly promised to “do something about those elephants.” After a round of pats on the back, the conference was disbanded.

French President Francois Hollande congratulated leaders on signaling to the world that “we mean business” when it comes to confronting global warming. “Over the course of this tree’s lifetime,” President Hollande said in a speech to the assembly, “it will absorb the equivalent of the carbon dioxide produced by a president’s plane on one leg of the trip here.”

At press time, sources reported that leaders seemed satisfied with the progress made in halting ecological doom, with the exception of Chinese President Xi Jinping, who had advocated the slogan “Every Country Tackles Climate Change in Its Own Special Way” for the summit’s free t-shirts and was disappointed with the chosen logo, “I Went to the Paris Climate Talks and All I Got Was This Lousy Non-Binding Agreement.”



Photo Credit: Lawrence Jackson

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