Cop26 uniforms unveiled at Glasgow World Environmental Gathering site


Uniforms that will be worn by around 1,000 volunteers at the Cop26 climate conference were unveiled at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow.

The SEC complex will host the Gathering of World Leaders for two weeks starting October 31, and participants will be greeted by volunteers from across Scotland.

Volunteers will wear uniforms made from recycled and sustainable fabrics made by the Falkirk-based company Lion Safety.

Glasgow City Council received 10,000 applications from volunteers for Cop26.

Uniforms include backpacks and warm hats (Jane Barlow / PA)

The youngest of the successful applicants is 16 years old and the oldest 78 years old.

Over 40% of volunteers live in the host city, a third are under 26 and a fifth are volunteering for the first time.

They will work in transportation and accommodation hubs, active travel routes, and in the conference green zone, open to the public.

Uniforms include insulated jackets, softshell jackets, fleeces, pants, hoodies, polo shirts, gloves, backpack and warm hat.

Cop26 volunteers
(left to right) Bob Alston, Kirstin McEwan, Leigh Baxter and Donald Onaiwu model official uniforms (Jane Barlow / PA)

One tree will be planted for each volunteer uniform provided through a partnership with the One Tree Planted environmental charity.

Kirstin McEwan, who lives in Glasgow and will be volunteering at Cop26 as a team leader, said: “It’s amazing to finally see the Cop26 volunteer uniform and I am so happy to be able to help unveil it. .

“Choosing to use a uniform made from recycled and sustainable materials is really important in highlighting the everyday ways we can embody sustainability and I look forward to seeing everyone wearing it throughout the conference. .

“For me, Cop is a unique opportunity to showcase Glasgow, represent a cause close to my heart and contribute to such a critical global climate event. I’m so happy to be a part of it and can’t wait to get started.

Volunteer Cop26
Some 10,000 people applied to become volunteers (Jane Barlow / PA)

Susan Aitken, Head of Glasgow City Council, said: “Seeing our volunteers together in their uniforms is an important moment in our volunteer program as we mark one month before the start of Cop26 in Glasgow. “

Cop26 president-designate Alok Sharma said the conference would be “one of the most important events ever to be held in the UK”.

He added: “From the Olympics to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, volunteers bring a significant presence and warmth that will enhance Cop26 and make visitors feel welcome during their stay in the UK.”

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