Best dressed on the COP Carpet

I know this is a blog about sustainable technologies and practical solutions and that many readers are more interested in boiler rooms than boiler suits, but I’ve got Keith’s log-in details (mwahahaha) and am hijacking the blog to bring you a little bit of fashion. I’ve hit the COP carpet and bring you a selection of the best dressed from the 22nd UN conference on climate change.

This isn’t just an excuse to take photos of clothes (promise!) it’s an attempt to convey the diversity and range of everyone here and give you a sense of the scale of collaboration. There are 25,000 people in total, around 200 nations represented in the negotiations and many more communities partaking in side events; I will probably never get the opportunity to be surrounded by so many different languages, identities and cultures again in my life. It’s extraordinary. As they say, ‘a picture speaks a thousand words’. So without further adieu……

Two women from Mauritania. Syeda Mint Khayarhoum (on the left) has set up a sustainable energy charity in the country.

Two women from Mauritania. Syeda Mint Khayarhoum (on the left) has set up a sustainable energy charity there.

Nicola Tollin from Italy, I interrupted whilst he was on his way to the negotiating rooms.....oops!

Nicola Tollin from Italy and Director of RESURBE (International Program on Urban Resilience), I interrupted whilst he was on his way to the negotiating rooms…..oops!

Didn't get this woman's name either, but she wanted to go against the sign because her skirt had just come undone and was falling down!

Didn’t get this woman’s name, but she wanted to lean against the sign because her skirt had just come undone and was falling down!

Nordine from Morocco who made all the sculptures that are in the village (made from scrap metal). He broke his foot whilst creating the works of art

Nordine from Morocco who made all the sculptures that are in the village (made from scrap metal). He broke his foot last month

Head of the Environmental Protection Agency in Liberia and her chaperone (didn't know this when I started talking to them!)

Head of the Environmental Protection Agency in Liberia and her chaperone

A Berber woman in traditional dress from South West Morocco.

A Berber woman in traditional dress from South West Morocco.

These two are from the Government of Bhutan and self confessed 'COP veterans'

These two are from the Government of Bhutan and self confessed COP veterans

This is Maurice, from an Amazonian tribe in Brasil.

This is Maurice from an Amazonian tribe in Brasil.

 

A climate change activist from Guatemala, she has set up her own network for indigenous women who are trying to protect their land from development.

A climate change activist from Guatemala, she has set up her own network for indigenous women who are trying to protect their land from development.

Mohammed Alsinaidi from Oman and the focal point action for UNFCCC

Mohammed Alsinaidi from Oman and the focal point action for UNFCCC

I didn't get this guys' name as he was rushing off to a meeting, but he insisted I got in the photo too!

I didn’t get this guys’ name as he was rushing off to a meeting, but he insisted I got in the photo too!

 

These three from Senegal have got to be the sassiest of them all.

These three from Senegal have got to be the sassiest of them all.

I could have posted 100 more, there more I looked the more I realized how different everyone was, and everyone has their own story to tell. SO inspiring.

And boy do I wish I could get away with some of these outfits in the office.

 


 

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3 Responses to Best dressed on the COP Carpet

  1. Miranda Campbell says:

    I think you should try it Chloe! I love this post and what the clothes represent – global cooperation on climate change – the only way forward.

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