Members of COA climate justice group [Earth] at the COP 21 in Paris.Members of COA climate justice group [Earth] at the COP 21 in Paris. Credit: Brynna Golden

Mainers from a number of organizations including the Sierra Club and students from the College of the Atlantic will join President Barack Obama and thousands of others in Paris next week, all carrying different perspectives on a proposed agreement aiming to protect the planet from the most devastating effects of climate change.

Nearly 140 world leaders have confirmed their attendance at the opening day of the two-week U.N. Climate Change conference, even after the Nov. 13 attacks by Islamic State militants in Paris, Reuters reported.

Mike Williams of Cumberland will leave Tuesday for his fifth climate conference. Williams is vice president of strategic development at the BlueGreen Alliance, a national partnership of labor unions and environmental organizations.

“I’m optimistic for a comprehensive agreement [and] that we can globally come together around a structure that puts us on a path to, at most, 2 degrees of climate change,” Williams said Tuesday.

Scientists have said the 2-degree rise will prevent the most devastating effects of climate change.

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