Soon the world’s most famous climate change activist will be in Bristol to join our youth strikes.
Youngsters from around the country are planning to travel to the city to hear Greta Thunberg talk during the monumental event on College Green, on Friday.
A spokesperson for coach firm SNAP says around 1,000 people have registered an interest in being picked up from different locations around the UK to be ferried to Bristol.
Hundreds of youth strikers will be coming from London, Birmingham and Cardiff.
Journeys only run if enough people want them – which a spokesperson said reduces the carbon impact.
Bus operator First West of England is encouraging customers in Bristol travelling by bus to plan extra time into their journeys, as road diversions are expected to cause delays to normal service timetables.
Ian Coyle, Operations Director for Bristol at First West of England, said:
“We are working closely with local authorities to minimise disruption to our services on Friday. Delays are to be expected and diversions will be in operation for some services travelling through Bristol, particularly routes through City Centre.
“We encourage all customers to factor in more time to their journeys and check the First West of England website and social media channels for updates, as diversions may change throughout the day.
“The safety and wellbeing of our customers, drivers and the public is our number one priority and we urge all those using our services to remain patient, whilst we work to continue to operate our inner-city routes as best as possible.”
You can find out more about the route and timings of Greta’s visit here.
However, the huge number of supporters planned for Friday has sparked fears of a potential for ‘crushing’.
Superintendent Andy Bennett has written to parents saying the event will be ‘significantly larger’ than previous marches and warned that the usual safety measures are unlikely be ‘scaled up’.
Who is Greta and why is she so famous?
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The 17-year-old is a world renowned environmental activist. She became famous in 2018 after refusing to attend school and instead protested outside of the Swedish Parliament to raise awareness about the impending destruction expected from climate change.
Within a year, her school strike had inspired millions of kids around the world to take to the streets. Her message spread on social media with the hashtag #FridaysForFuture.
Millions of students across the globe have now been taking part in strike action, with dozens already being staged here in Bristol.
In September, Ms Thunberg travelled to New York to address the UN Climate Conference. She travelled there on a zero-emissions boat in a journey that lasted two weeks.
Her speeches have sparked debate about the climate emergency and has partly contributed towards our government and city declaring a climate emergency.