Starting on the right track: Dutch Embassy gets on board Climate Train to COP26

The Dutch Embassy in the UK joins the Climate train on the journey from London to Glasgow, promoting youth participation in climate action and sustainable travel possibilities.

Image: ©Eurostar / Eurostar

"Keeping 1.5 degrees alive"

There is a lot at stake at COP26, the 2021 United Nations climate change conference held in Glasgow from 1 to 12 November. The conference is a critical summit for raising worldwide ambitions for global climate action.

At COP26, almost six years after the Paris Climate Agreement was signed, governments are expected to submit their updated plans for reducing emissions (NDCs) to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees. The UK’s overarching aim for COP26 is that new NDCs collectively are ambitious enough to put the world on track for ‘well below’ 2 degrees, preferably 1.5: "keeping 1.5 degrees alive".

Young people are the most important stakeholders of the future. The consequences of climate inaction will impact young people the most, as they have to live with the decisions made today. Involving young people in decision-making processes and elevating their voices is key. One sector where steps towards sustainability and emission reduction can be taken is the travel industry.

The Dutch Embassy in the UK is pleased to announce it will join the Climate Train. Travelling from London to Glasgow on Saturday 30 October, the train journey will facilitate dialogue between the industry leaders, climate activists, youth and policymakers to work together on the just transition to a sustainable travel future. ‘Rail to the COP’ is an initiative by Youth for Sustainable Travel (YfST), as well as European railway companies ProRail, Eurostar and NS.

Image: ©Youth for Sustainable Travel / Youth for Sustainable Travel

Youth mobilisation and participation

Engagement of youth is vital to building inclusive and sustainable societies, and meaningful youth participation is of the essence if the world wants to go through a successful transition to the sustainable future we want: they can offer the innovative ideas we need.

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs wants to hear from young people and discuss their needs and ideas with partners and stakeholders to offer the rising generation better prospects. That is why the Dutch Embassy in the UK supports the initiative taken by YfST. Setting a good example by choosing to travel by train from London to Glasgow for the COP26 climate summit is part of this.

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The journey continues with a Dutch touch... e-cargo bikes and electric buses

The Climate Train will travel by Eurostar from Amsterdam to London St. Pancras International Station, where they will change to an Avanti West Coast train boarding from Euston Station to Glasgow. While the passengers will participate in a 'wellbeing walk' from St. Pancras International Station to Euston Station, the Dutch Embassy and its partners will facilitate the transportation of their luggage.

Thanks to Pedal Me, a British cargo-bike logistics and taxi firm using the well-known Dutch 'Urban Arrow' cargo e-bikes to deliver people and things faster and cheaper than the motorised alternative could do, the luggage will be transported from St. Pancras International Station to Euston Station by e-bikes.

Thanks to Heliox, a Dutch founded rapid charging expert, the passengers will be welcomed at Glasgow Station with some local zero-waste refreshments and a personal invite to the world first bus depot of the future. In anticipation of the COP26, the city of Glasgow has taken steps towards transport electrification. In June 2021, Heliox announced that it started working with First Bus to power Caledonia Glasgow depot, the UK's biggest electric charging station in Glasgow. With phased completion scheduled across the next 18 months, the bus depot will be re-designed to have space to charge up to 300 EV busses on site. The first phase of the project is now underway, and has seen 80+ rapid modular and scalable chargers installed.

Stay tuned

Follow the Embassy's social media channels (Twitter, Instagram and Facebook) to know more on the #RailtotheCOP!

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