Greta Thunberg has warned “those in power” she will “not be silenced when the world is on fire.”
The teenager was welcomed by chants of “Greta, Greta” as she addressed some 15,000 people at the Bristol Youth Strike 4 Climate (BYS4C) event.
She accused politicians and the media of ignoring the climate emergency and “sweeping their mess under the rug.”
“We are the change, and change is coming whether you like it or not,” the Swedish environmentalist said.
Greta was speaking at the climate strike event on College Green, before leading a march through the city.
“Activism works so I’m telling you to act,” she said. “We are being betrayed by those in power.”
Wet weather failed to deter thousands of people turning out for the 17-year-old, who appeared on stage at about 11:45 GMT.
“Our leaders behave like children so it falls to us to be the adults in the room. They are failing us but we will not back down,” Greta told the crowds.
“It should not be this way but we have to tell the uncomfortable truth. They sweep their mess under the rug and ask children to clean up for them.
“This emergency is being completely ignored by the politicians, the media and those in power.
“Basically, nothing is being done to halt this crisis despite all the beautiful words and promises from our elected officials.
“So what did you do during this crucial time? I will not be silenced when the world is on fire.”
Meanwhile, in Bristol, England on February 28, 2020: