Glasgow: Covid Testing, Polar Bears Wearing PFDs, and World Sisters
After a good night's sleep after an expedition of train travel yesterday, today has been an awesome welcome to Glasgow. My day started at Martin and Susan's home (homestay) with a cuppa tea and toast with orange marmalade. Then I navigated how to take a lateral flow covid test and reporting results to the UK National Health Service. Then a walk through Queen's Park to meet find my American climate change colleagues at a community garden and then to a cafe.
The afternoon was spent getting through the numerous checkpoints to enter the United Nations COP26. I lost count of how many times I was asked for my passport along with my covid test results and the very important official UN delegate letter. Once inside the Blue Zone, much exploration ensued. These photos below capture a few moments of the day.
Took two tries to do it right the this morning. Thankfully the gal from the Maldives from yesterday's train expedition had a couple tests to share with the rest of us gals before splitting ways last night. Then we could get out and about town this morning without having to go find tests early this morning. Later today I was given enough tests to test daily throughout the entire time I'm here.
Found a fellow sister Girl Guide, Germaine Umuraza from Rwanda. She is the Director of the World Association for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts Climate Programme. We spent a few hours together walking far across the city back to Central Station. The walk was long as we
couldn't easily access the nearby train station due to a couple miles of police guarding the roads where President Biden's entourage was traveling. This walk time gave us time to chat about new curriculum being piloted for young women in African countries to learn how to do 'take action' climate projects similar to the work I do with the Youth Water Leadership Program. It was interesting to discuss how to teach young women their voices are important in countries where women have been severely oppressed for so long. I look forward to sharing more experiences with Germaine in the coming days (and hopefully into the future for a long time to come).
Follow Sarah's entire COP26 experience at www.WildRoseEducation.com/UNCOP