Greta Thunberg climate strike: Activist in Bristol for march

Greta Thunberg climate strike: Activist in Bristol for march

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Greta Thunberg addressed a crowd of thousands

Activist Greta Thunberg has addressed large crowds in Bristol as a climate strike march takes place in the city.

The Swedish environmentalist will be at a Bristol Youth Strike 4 Climate (BYS4C) event on College Green, before joining the march through the city.

It is not clear how many people will attend but the event has “grown so large” usual safety measures may prove inadequate, police say.

BYS4C insists adequate safety measures are in place.

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The wet weather hasn’t deterred protesters from gathering on Bristol’s College Green to hear from Greta Thunberg

Mya-Rose Craig, the youngest person to be awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Bristol, spoke to the crowd before Greta’s arrival on stage.

She said: “Greta, welcome to our amazing city and thank you for being with us today. We have to engage with all of our communities in order to properly fight climate change.

“An unequal world can never be a sustainable one.”

Avon and Somerset Police and Bristol City Council have warned of “major disruption” during the event, but stressed they would be “working to ensure Bristol is open as usual”.

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Ms Thunberg arrived at Bristol Temple Meads station at about 10.15 GMT

More than 20 road closures are in operation from Broadmead and the Bearpit across to Hotwells, Brandon Hill and Park Street.

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Leonara and Penny Mathias have travelled from Devon to be among crowds gathering to march with Greta Thunberg

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A knitted doll has been created to be held aloft at the event

BYS4C said a similar protest last year attracted 15,000 and it was believed there could be many more people come to hear the 17-year-old speak.

It said it had drafted in more than 80 stewards and has a sectioned-off a “safe zone” for young children as well as an accessibility area.

Ms Thunberg had originally intended to visit London, but the area planned for the protest in the capital was considered too small so organisers recommended Bristol instead.

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Crowds gather at College Green to hear from the teenage activist

Two years ago, Ms Thunberg started missing lessons on Fridays to protest outside the Swedish parliament building, in what turned out to be the beginning of a huge environmental movement.

She has since become a leading voice for action on climate change, inspiring millions of students to join protests around the world.

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