US News Greta Thunberg heads to the UK to join youth protest in Bristol

03:10  23 february  2020
03:10  23 february  2020 Source:   inews.co.uk

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Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is coming to the UK on Friday to take part in a youth protest in Bristol . The 17-year-old will be joining the Bristol Youth Strike 4 Climate on College Green on February 28. One of the organisers, Milly Sibson, also 17, from Bristol , told the PA news agency

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Climate change activist Greta Thunberg will join a youth protest in Bristol this month.

The 17-year-old is partaking in the Bristol Youth Strike for Climate (BYS4C) at College Green on February.

The teen said she was "looking forward" to joining the movement while the organiser said it was "honoured" to welcome her.

Organiser Izzy Smitheson said Ms Thunberg had reached out to them because she "wanted to strike with us" despite there not being a strike planned.

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Ms Smitheson, 17, said: "It's a lot of last minute organisation. The whole Bristol community has come together to make it happen.

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Thunberg , 17, is in the UK to join a school strike in Bristol on Friday. Both shot to worldwide fame after standing up for major global issues: the climate Thunberg became a household name after striking from school in Sweden to protest against the climate emergency, while Yousafzai was shot in

Greta Thunberg joined thousands of young people for a climate strike in Bristol . The teenage campaigner said it was up to children "to be the adults in the Greta , who arrived in Bristol by train and electric car, gave a speech to the crowds gathered in College Green telling them: "I am so happy

"We think Greta's presence will make it very big and bring a lot of energy to the strike."

Heading for the UK! This Friday, the 28th, I’m looking forward to joining the school strike in Bristol! We meet up at College Green 11am! See you there! @bristolYS4C pic.twitter.com/n1GOJqMUVQ

— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) February 22, 2020

Meeting an idol

Another organiser, Milly Sibson, also 17, said Ms Thunberg had initially planned to visit London but the proposed area for the protest was too small.

Instead, organisers recommended Bristol, a city that was awarded the title of European Green Capital in 2015.

Ms Sibson said the organisation was "excited" to campaign alongside Ms Thunberg and hear her address crowds.

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Climate activist Greta Thunberg has revealed she is " heading to the UK " to join a school strike in The 17-year-old Swede announced on Twitter that she will take part in the Bristol Youth Strike 4 Milly said Greta had originally planned to take part in a protest in London but the area planned for the

Greta Thunberg is expected to travel by train to to get to Bristol (Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/Getty)

She said: "We are all just so excited - everyone is so excited about the thought of hearing her talk.

"I would love the chance to meet her because she is the founder of the movement and she is so important to it - she is an idol even though she is younger than me."

She added: "We really hope loads of people join us to welcome her to Bristol."

Ms Thunberg is expected to travel to Bristol by train, before making a speech and joining a samba band-accompanied march.

GRETA THUNBERG IS COMING TO BRISTOL! Excited to have her. Strike with us on the 28th! pic.twitter.com/NJjRmPG6oY

— Bristol Youth Strike 4 Climate (@bristolYS4C) February 22, 2020

Green capital

Bristol was voted Britain's most sustainable city by environmental charity Forum for the Future in 2008.

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It was later awarded the title of European Green Capital in 2015 - the first UK city to have done so.

Three years later it became the first UK authority to declare a climate emergency, with the council unanimously committing to be carbon neutral by 2030.

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