Free download makes the Paris Agreement more accessible for classrooms and students

Download the complete English text of the Paris Agreement in PDF for free:
Teachers Pay Teachers | Scribd | Google Drive | PDF

John Kerry addresses delegates at the United Nations, 22 April 2016
John Kerry, then U.S. secretary of state, addresses delegates gathered to sign the Paris Agreement at United Nations Headquarters in New York on Earth Day, 22 April 2016.

U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement earlier this month that the United States would withdraw from the Paris Agreement put the agreement and international efforts to combat climate change into sharp focus for Americans and others around the world.

While more Americans than ever are now aware of the agreement’s existence and some of its provisions, there is also a great deal of misunderstanding and misinformation about the Paris Agreement circulating.

Paris Agreement, page 1To assist teachers in their efforts to help students at all grade levels learn about the agreement and its importance in the fight against global warming, I’m happy to announce that a handout of the Paris Agreement is the latest addition to the Great Documents Curriculum Series. The handout is available as a PDF download through Teachers Pay Teachers, Scribd, Google Drive, and here. A Google Docs version of the complete English text of the Paris Agreement is available as well. This can be added to individual users’ Google Drive folders and it can be downloaded in a variety of formats, including Microsoft Word (.docx), OpenDocument (.odt), rich text (.rtf), plain text (.txt), and EPUB (.epub). These formats may be especially useful for teachers, students, and others who need to reformat the text of the agreement or incorporate the text or excerpts into other documents.

Because of the importance of this document in the context of both current events and efforts to combat climate change, I am offering this handout as a free download to all users.

This handout incorporates many of the features that set apart the other documents in the Great Documents Curriculum Series:

  • The complete, final English text of the Paris Agreement. The United Nations made some editorial revisions to earlier versions of the agreement; these revisions are included in this version.
  • Easy-to-read, 11-point type.
  • Numbered lines of text for easy reference in classroom discussion.
  • A lined section on the right side of the page that provides space for the reader to take notes. (These lines use the same spacing as college-ruled notepaper.)
  • An introduction that provides brief context and background to the reader.
  • Optimized for black-and-white printing. Total ink coverage on the page has been reduced to save printer/photocopier ink/toner and lower printing costs. This handout has an even number of pages — perfect for front-back printing.
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