Though climate change persists to the tune of desperate urgency, it must be said that 2015 is ending on a high note.
The agreement signed by 195 countries in Paris triggered commentary on its merit or lack thereof; but first, let's look at the positives.
"The magnitude of what we are dealing with, I don't believe it can only be solved by governments; we need a system change."
The community development organization members believe that an alternative, clean energy economy can be achieved by empowering the underprivileged and unemployed.
"The Paris deal recognizes the reality of the climate threat, but only takes us part of the way."
This is an effort to undermine the Obama administration's credibility and to sabotage COP 21's potential for success in Paris.
All eyes will be on Paris when the City of Lights shines upon a hugely significant, potentially historic event - the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP 21.
Hopes are growing for meaningful progress at the UN-sponsored climate change negotiations in Paris, while the need for such action becomes ever more clear.
We don't see these phenomena with our eyes, but studies verify an invisible reality that damages us.
California's initiatives are setting the pace in the race to curb greenhouse gas emissions. But not without the opposition of Big Oil.