Greta Thunberg visited Bristol two years ago today (February 28, 2020) and thousands of people turned up to hear the teenager speak.
The Swedish climate activist, then aged 17, arrived in the city by train and spoke to a huge crowd at College Green at 11am. Students gathered in the city early and roads were closed for the march.
Explaining why she had picked Bristol, she said to our reporter: “The movement is very strong here.” It was the location for her first UK demonstration.
The turnout was so huge that, on a rainy day, the sheer number of feet walking around College Green wore the grass down to a mud – it became known as ‘College Brown’ but thankfully the grass quickly grew back and a wildflower meadow has even been planted there since.
Greta’s speech inspired a generation of young climate activists in Bristol, although it was not until September 2021 that Bristol Youth Strike 4 Climate was able to stage its first protest since her visit, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Here are some of our best images from the extraordinary day Greta came to Bristol.
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