The official uniforms that will be worn by around 1,000 volunteers at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference – COP26 – in a month’s time have been unveiled today, Thursday 30 September.
The stylish, but practical and comfortable, uniforms are made from recycled and sustainable fabrics.
Wearing them will instil a sense of pride in the team of volunteers as they pop up around the city this autumn to provide visitors and delegates with a world-famous Glasgow welcome.
A range of clothing items, suitable for the time of year, make up the COP26 volunteer uniform, including insulated jackets, soft shell jackets, fleeces, trousers, hoodies, polo shirts, gloves, a backpack and a warm hat.
Family-run, Falkirk-based company Lion Safety supplied the uniforms and have pledged to plant a tree for every volunteer uniform provided, through a partnership with environmental charity One Tree Planted.
The uniforms will be delivered within the volunteer backpacks, to ensure they are free of plastic packaging. Each volunteer will also receive a commemorative recycled tag stating that a tree has been planted in their honour.
The vibrant uniforms reflect the COP26 brand and allow the volunteers to stand out in the crowd and be easily recognised as representatives of the international summit, whilst cementing a sense of community among the diverse team of volunteers.
Leader of Glasgow City Council, Councillor Susan Aitken said:
COP26 President-Designate, Alok Sharma, said:
Kirstin McEwan, who lives in Glasgow and will be volunteering at COP26 as a Green Zone Team Leader, said:
Glasgow City Council received 10,000 COP26 volunteer applications and those selected to be part of this global event come from a broad range of backgrounds, with the youngest aged 16 and the oldest aged 78. More than 40% of the volunteers live in the host city, with a third under the age of 26 and a fifth using the conference as an opportunity to volunteer for the first time.
Together, they will provide delegates with a warm welcome at key transport hubs, accommodation hubs, active travel routes and at the conference’s Green Zone.
COP26 will take place at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow between 31 October – 12 November 2021, bringing together world leaders, heads of state, climate experts and campaigners to agree coordinated action to tackle the climate emergency.