Thousands joining activist for march expected to bring traffic in parts of city to a standstill
Schools closed, lecture theatres emptied and offices shut as thousands of people made their way to hear Greta Thunberg speak at a youth climate strike in Bristol.
Teenage organisers of the Bristol Youth Strike 4 Climate insisted that Friday’s event would be well run and safe, and dismissed concerns expressed by police and council officials at the scale of the event as “patronising”.
A crowd of 25,000 was expected to bring traffic in parts of Bristol to a standstill. Thunberg is to address the masses before taking part in a march through the city.
At least two schools, Cotham and the Bristol Cathedral Choir school, were closing. Some teachers at other schools planned to take time off to escort pupils to the strike.
Thousands of students from universities and colleges were due to attend. Some employers actively encouraged staff to take part in the strike, promising not to dock pay, while others turned a blind eye to absences.
Coaches were bringing protesters in from across the UK, and rail and bus stations were gearing up for a huge influx of young people, some with parents but many unaccompanied.