Greta Thunberg at Bristol climate strike

The climate strike in Bristol on 28th February 2020. Supporting the youth climate strikers with Greta Thunberg in attendance.

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Estimates say that over 30,000 marched in the pouring rain for climate justice. Greta Thunberg has warned world leaders she will “not be silenced when the world is on fire”. The teenager was welcomed by chants of “Greta, Greta” as she addressed the biggest crowd College Green has ever seen at the Bristol Youth Strike 4 Climate (BYS4C) event.

She accused politicians of ignoring the climate emergency and “sweeping their mess under the rug.” Greta was speaking at the climate strike event on College Green, before leading the march through the city.

“Activism works so I’m telling you to act,” she said. “We are being betrayed by those in power. If you look throughout history, all the great changes have come from the people. We are being betrayed by the people in power and they are failing us but we will not back down. If you feel threatened by that, then I have some very bad news for you – we will not be silenced because we are the change and change is coming whether you like it or not. Thank you and let’s march” the Swedish environmentalist said.

Bath XR rebels joined the peaceful protest, singing & chanting, carrying banners and as part of the huge samba band which was made up of lots of rebels from multiple XR groups. The samba band was invited to help support the march by BYS4C.