The upcoming conference on climate change, COP26, is to take place in Glasgow from October 31 to November 12. To mark the event, the British Embassy has offered a COP26 costume to the Manneken-Pis.
With this new costume made only from recycled materials, the well known Belgian statue joins the fight and reminds everyone of the importance of climate issues for future generations. A major turning point in the history of humanity is happening now and Manneken-Pis seems to be fully aware of it. The costume symbolizes the commitment of the City of Brussels to its active participation in the fight for the climate.
With this new costume, Manneken-Pis and the City of Brussels defend climate and environmental justiceDelphine Houba, Alderman for Culture, Tourism and Major Events at the City of Brussels
The latest IPCC climate report establishes with certainty that the origin of climate change is linked to human activity. Some impacts are irreversible, such as the melting of glaciers and rising sea levels. It is urgent to act together, collectively and politically to save humanity.
“Without strong and ambitious political decisions, natural disasters will become more and more numerous and violent. This is why I am proud that our Ketje wears the colors of COP26, where our governments have an appointment with history,” said Delphine Houba, Alderman for Culture, Tourism and Major Events at the City of Brussels.
Climate disruption is therefore no longer a distant prospect. The recent catastrophic floods in Belgium and the extreme climatic phenomena that have occurred in other countries (droughts, fires, floods, etc.) regularly remind the whole world of the urgent need to take action.
“Climate change is an issue that concerns everyone. It is therefore a great honor that the most famous inhabitant of Brussels, and perhaps even of Belgium, is wearing a COP26 costume,” concluded Martin Shearman, British Ambassador to Belgium.