Greta Thunberg mobbed by supporters at COP26
The young climate activist's arrival has had quite the impact
The 18-year-old needed a police escort, with a wall of nearly a dozen officers shielding her from fans, fellow activists and members of the media as she arrived at the global climate conference.
.@GretaThunberg arrived in Glasgow on Saturday evening ahead of #COP26.
The international climate change conference begins formally on Sunday, with the summit of world leaders starting on Monday pic.twitter.com/y0FCFKMmJp
— PA Media (@PA) October 31, 2021
While the crowds were largely peaceful and supportive - we were pretty stoked ourselves - a few outliers and the sheer numbers did result in some small scuffles breaking out as she arrived as she exited Glasgow Central train station.
As you can see here, both police and members of the public attempt to clear space for the young Swede as she walks through a crowded area:
— Reuters (@Reuters) October 30, 2021
Nevertheless, overall, she was fairly happy with the overwhelmingly warm reception - Elvis may have left the building but Greta Thunberg is very much in the UK.
She told Andrew Marr on Saturday that she hadn't even received a formal invite, adding: "I think that many people might be scared that if they invite too many radical young people, then that might make them look bad."
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) October 30, 2021
Even prior to her arrival in Scotland, spirits seemed high as she was even welcomed by GMB Scotland - the nationwide trade union that joined her in calling for social and climate justice.
The banking and financial service company recently committed to reaching "net-zero carbon emissions from its financed activity by 2050". Thunberg has often slammed multinational corporations and UN governments for their empty words and continued use of fossil fuels.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) October 29, 2021
The demonstrations underway in London and Glasgow are just a few of many taking place across Europe against the backdrop of COP26 global climate conference
Various protests have been taking place in the UK, Italy, Belgium, Germany and more - with Greta herself having made an appearance at several - as European powers look to hold crucial talks regarding the ongoing climate crisis.
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