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Chris Stewart

Collective Architecture's Chris Stewart discusses his overlapping roles as architect and member of the Scottish Ecological Design Association in promoting green design to a wider audience.

COP26 Day One

November 1st, 2021

Feeling a bit embarrassed by my efforts on Day Zero, I decided to redouble them for Day One. Rising early, I discovered that the Red Rebel Brigade were catching a train from Bristol to Glasgow Central this very afternoon. If they can manage that, I think I can manage the four stops from Partick. They did not disappoint, in a bizarre ritual they paraded around the railway station dressed in red satin depicting the lifeblood that connects all species and makes us one. Forgiveness, compassion and understanding they bear witness to the climate and ecological emergency. My growing thirst needed quenched, and I set of for more.

There was certainly plenty to be had, French and Tamil groups gathered in South Glasgow; the Rainbow Warrior sailed up the Clyde carrying young activists from Mexico, Uganda, Bangladesh and Namibia; while Greta and the ‘Fridays for Futures’ gathered next to the Cop campus. I missed all of these. But sensing some action I followed a crowd into Kelvingrove Park as the sun set and the helicopters hovered above. Dark it was and everyone seemed to have a torch except me, determined I clambered on. After a few wrong turns I managed to catch the last speaker ‘take care everyone, and do not travel back on your own through the park’.

Tomorrow is another day, I thought as I ran at great speed towards the park gates.  As promised to the Red Rebel Brigade, I ask will you stand with us and please contact Alok Sharma, COP26 President, to tell him why we need urgent and drastic change. Tweet @AlokSharma_RDG or email

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