Our Experience at COP 26!

Hard to believe a week ago, Celia and Charlotte were representing the Farm at COP 26!!

They spent two nights in Glasgow as they were invited to exhibit at a fringe event hosted by UK Hospitality. Set at the Revolution Bar, it was attended by the likes of Coca Cola, Burger King, Brewdog and the Hilton….!

And then you have us…!

Did that really just happen?!

As you can imagine, we were going to milk this experience as much as possible, and milk it they did!

The event started with several guest speakers including Ivan McKee MSP, Julian Hunt from Coca-Cola, and Labour MP Seema Malhaltra; followed by a panel featuring Burger King, UK Hospitality and Britvic drinks. It was incredibly inspiring to hear all these stories of the hospitality industry collaborating on its journey to Net Zero.

We were in an incredible position as well – as our stand was right next to the stage, we were the ones that people were talking to during the breaks.

And with a stand like ours, is it little wonder! We certainly won the prize for the most colourful!!

It was also the debut of our Sustainable Development Goals posters, as well as our QR codes! Easy and more eco-friendly!

After setting up in the morning, they went to explore the Green Zone based in the Science Centre. Though they won’t lie, it was a bit of a palaver….

As you may expect, there were special COP 26 buses from Glasgow City Centre, to the Science and Exhibition Centres, were the Blue and Green zones were. BUT here’s the catch: they were only for those who had a special pass. I.e.: if you were working or exhibiting there. Anyone else, tough luck you will have to make their own way there.

So basically they were producing double the emissions for buses that were often, when we saw them, barely had any people on it, just so delegates didn’t have to mix with tourists…. Didn’t add up to us at all.

But back on to when they actually got to the centre and through security…!

There were some incredible exhibitions from many different organisations, from conservation groups to chains on the high street; and how they’re all planning to make a better future for our planet.

We may not have had as much time exploring the zones as we wished, but what we did see was so many inspiring stories. And we also truly hope that all these projects, as well as the pledges made by the many countries attending will make some difference to the Climate Crisis.

To have attended the conference as an exhibitor was truly an honour; even if it was just a small part.

We’re next exhibiting at the Sustainable Events Show at the Barbican Centre in London, so if you’re close to that part of the world, we hope to see you then.

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18 Nov 2021