Greta Thunberg leads young climate activists at protest in Glasgow

Photograph: Markus Schweizer, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg lead thousands of young demonstrators at a protest at the COP26 summit in Glasgow today.

The strike, which was organised by Fridays for Future Scotland, began in the morning and ended in George Square, where Glasgow City Council is based.

Speaking after the march, Thunberg addressed the crowd: “Out here we speak the truth. The people in power are obviously scared of the truth. No matter how hard they try, they cannot escape from it.”

It comes as world leaders take part in the 5th day of COP26, where the key focus of the day will be involving young people in taking steps against climate change.

Greta Thunberg became a global figure in 2018 after school striking outside the Swedish parliament to bring attention to the climate crisis.

Young climate activists were excited to be marching with Greta, who has inspired many to join the environmental movement.

Pippa Jillings, 20, a student at Brunel University who travelled up to Glasgow to protest outside COP26, described the event as “jam packed, it was crazy.”

Pippa said it was so busy in George Square that she didn’t get to see Greta:

“It was really crowded and I couldn’t really hear anything. But my cousin, who was marching at the front, hadn’t even realised but she was stood right next to Greta.”

Greta Thunberg addressing a crowd of activists

Photo: Pippa Jillings. Pippa’s view of Greta Thunberg speaking in George Square

But despite the excitement of young activists, some residents in Glasgow are concerned the two week long summit will lead to road blockages in the city.

This comes after months of disruptions from Insulate Britain, who are blocking major roads, including the M25, to demand greener housing solutions.

Stay tuned to Voice of London throughout the day to see updates about the protest.

 

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Words: Sarah Chaffey | Subbing: Valeria Vintimilla

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