How did Greta Thunberg get to Glasgow? Activist’s COP26 and climate change speech - and why she joined march

Greta Thunberg is in Glasgow for the 2021 United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference

Activist Greta Thunberg has joined thousands of other campaigners at a march in Glasgow to demand action on climate change from politicians at COP26.

The teenager, who was mobbed by fellow climate change activists in London last week ahead of COP26, was recorded delivering a sweary sing a long and speech earlier this week.

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Now Ms Thunberg is taking part in an 8,000 people strong march, organised by Fridays for Future Scotland, from Kelvingrove Park to George Square, passing the COP26 venue at the SEC on the way.

The 18 year old is due to speak to crowds in George Square alongside fellow activist Vanessa Nakate, other young campaigners, and trade unionists, during the first week of the UN Climate Change Conference 2021.

How did Greta Thunberg get to Glasgow?

Greta Thunberg is in Glasgow while COP26 is going on but the young activist has not officially been invited to the 2021 United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference.

Ms Thunberg arrived in Glasgow by train and was mobbed by fellow campaigners as soon as she got to the station.

Though Ms Thunberg is expected to attend the COP26 summit, which began in the Scottish city this week, where and when she will appear is yet to be confirmed.

World leaders arrived in Scotland to discuss climate change and how to combat it at COP26.

In an interview with Andrew Marr, Ms Thunberg responded to the question of if she has been invited to COP26: “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.”

What has Greta Thunberg said about COP26?

In an interview with Andrew Marr, Greta Thunberg called for more countries affected by climate change to be at the conference.

Ms Thunberg said: “We need more representation from the so-called global south, from the most affected people and areas.

“It’s not fair when, for example, one country sends lots and lots of delegates, and then another country is very under-represented. That already creates an imbalance, and climate justice is at the very heart of this crisis.

“As long as we keep ignoring the historical responsibility of the countries of the global north and as long as we continue to ignore it, the negotiations will not have a successful outcome.”

When is COP26 taking place?

In 2021, COP26 will start on Sunday 31 October and run until Friday 12 November.

Over the two weeks there will be numerous discussions between government officials around carbon emissions, funding and green solutions to the crisis.

There will be public webcasts available for key meetings and high level events which will be broadcast through the COP26 website.

What does COP26 stand for?

COP stands for the Conference of the Parties.

It will be attended by the countries that are part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which was a signed treaty in 1994.

This year’s conference will be the 26th meeting, which is why the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow is often referred to as COP26.

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