COP26: Greta Thunberg arrives in Glasgow ahead of chaotic week of protests – HeraldScotland

GRETA Thunberg has arrived in Glasgow ahead of the Cop26 summit, as world leaders prepare to discuss the climate crisis.

The Swedish activist arrived at Glasgow Central station on Saturday evening, having taken a train from London Euston.

Other climate activists from around Europe also arrived at the station on a specially chartered “climate train” on the same evening.

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They were greeted with chanting and banners from groups assembled in the station.

HeraldScotland: Thumbs up from Greta (PA)Thumbs up from Greta (PA)

The youth activists arrival comes ahead of an intense week of international talks as  leaders and delegates from around the world attempt to find sollutions for the climate crisis.

Ms Thunberg travelled to Scotland after she took part in a demonstration outside a bank in London on Friday.

She was mobbed by other climate change activists at the protest outside the Standard Chartered headquarters, as they lobbied against the global financial system supporting the use of fossil fuels.

She is also expected to speak at a rally taking place on Saturday hosted by the Cop26 Coalition.

However, Ms Thunberg has said her formal participation in the summit itself is uncertain.

In a preview for his BBC One show on Sunday, Andrew Marr asked Ms Thunberg if she had been invited to Cop26, and she responded: “I don’t know. It’s very unclear. Not officially.

“I think that many people might be scared that if they invite too many radical young people, then that might make them look bad.”

The 120 leaders and 30,000 delegates arrival brings with them thousands more people who are protesting in a bid to heap pressure on the Cop26 officials.

Protests in Glasgow began earlier this week, and more are expected every day in the city as it hosts the climate conference.

After four students chained their necks to the University of Glasgow memorial gate yesterday, more demonstrations were seen in Glasgow Green today alongside a heavy police presence. 

HeraldScotland: Thousands gathered at Glasgow Central StationThousands gathered at Glasgow Central Station

All action appeared to be peaceful today as extinction rebellion activists joined up with pilgrims who walked thousands of miles to attend the protests in Glasgow.

Find out when and where all the protests and marches are taking place in Scotland here.