A large police presence escorted Greta Thunberg through Glasgow after arriving with other key activists on a specially chartered “climate train” from London ahead of the COP26 climate change summit
Police barged through a mob and swatted away supporters as they clambered for a glimpse of teen climate activist Greta Thunberg when she arrived in Glasgow tonight ahead of the COP26 summit on climate change.
The teen campaigner arrived at Glasgow Central this evening after travelling up from London Euston with other activists on a specially-chartered “climate train”.
A wall of cops escorted them through the city centre and shoved the frantic photographers and fans climbing over the crowd to catch a glimpse of the 18-year-old Swedish environmental advocate.
Sometime earlier other activists at the station chanted and held banners as they awaited the climate train’s arrival.
Her arrival comes amid rumours of protesters making plans to cause disruption in the Scottish city while the 120 heads of state devise plans to thwart the looming climate crisis.
The international conference begins formally on Sunday, with a summit of country chiefs starting the following day.
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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.
Ms Thunberg is expected to take part in other demonstrations during the two-week summit in Glasgow.
There will be a march through the city on November 5, organised by Fridays for Future Scotland – the Scottish branch of the movement inspired by her activism.
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.”
Her warm welcome comes shortly after it was announced that the summit will be taking in the UK’s most adored and “friendliest” city – Glasgow.
The likes of the USA, China and India are all expected to come to the talks, as are key faces like Greta and Sir David Attenborough.
COP, which stands for ‘conference of the parties’ and 26 signifies that this is the 26th meeting of its kind.
It is set to begin this Sunday 31 October and will run to Friday 12 November.
The event is hoped to produce a global route forward to tackle climate change through international cooperation, with 197 countries expected to take part in the conversation in how to best cope with man-made heating from the use of fossil fuels.
It is also expected Glasgow will see the arrival of protesters who are expected to cause disruption during the summit.
The event is potentially the biggest environmental milestone since 2015’s Paris Agreement, drawn up during COP21 and is regarded as many as the last real chance to create a meaningful solution to the heightening climate crisis.