Tens of thousands of climate change protesters have braved the rain in Bristol to join a march alongside environmental campaigner Greta Thunberg.
The Swedish 17-year-old took to the stage at the city’s College Green to launch the Bristol Youth Strike 4 Climate rally, urging supporters to keep fighting.
She said: “There will be a time when we will look back and ask ourselves what we did right now –how do we want to be remembered?
“Basically nothing is being done despite all the beautiful words form our elected politicians.
“I will not stand aside and watch, I will not be silenced while the world is on fire, will you?”
Thousands gathered to hear the youn activist speak
Miss Thunberg shot to fame when her “school strikes for the climate” campaign went global last year – much of today’s crowd was made up of school pupils demanding action on climate change.
She accused world leaders of “behaving like children” and told the mass of young activists that “it falls on us to be the adults in the room”.
Organisers said they were “honoured” to be have Miss Thunberg attend their 10th strike in Bristol and asked the crowd to give her a “big, warm, Brisotlian welcome”.
The climate “icon” praised the city for its action against developments such as the expansion of Bristol airport – which was called off earlier this month.
Protesters skipped school to demand immediate action on climate change
She said the result showed that activism “does actually make a difference”.
“If enough people are pushing for change then change will come and we are those people and every single person counts
“Activism works so I’m telling you to act
“We are being betrayed by those in power and they are failing us but we will not back down.
“We are the change and change is coming whether you like it or not.”
Around 30,000 people attended are thought to have attended the demonstration, with police warning beforehand of the possibility of protesters being hurt from “tripping, falling or being crushed by the crowds” given the anticipated popularity of the event.
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