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Greta Thunberg Climate Rally - everything you need to know

A map of today's road closures

Thousands of people are today expected to descend on Bristol to take part in what's expected to be the biggest climate protest the city has ever seen - alongside teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg.

Major disruption is expected in and around the city today, with a series of road closures in place.

The planned protest has been organised by Youth Strike 4 Climate and Thunberg will join other young people in the city in a protest against 'government inaction on the climate crisis'.

The groups says: "The peaceful protest will start in College Green at 11am, before a Bristol Youth Strike 4 Climate march through the city at 12 noon."

Since Thunberg founded the school strike movement in 2018, millions of students have been walking out of lessons to draw attention to the issue.

Youth Strike 4 Climate say ahead of today's strike they have 60 metres of festival barriers, a safe zone at the front sectioned off for young children, more than 80 stewards and 'an accessibility area' for people in wheelchairs while adding: "Throughout the day anyone wearing a yellow hi-vis jacket will be willing to answer any queries you have or point you in the right direction."

In a plea online they said: "Your safety is our biggest concern so please be aware of your surroundings and if you ever feel uncomfortable report immediately to the nearest steward."

They also advise: "Phone reception may be reduced due to a high volume of people using the networks. 

"We recommend that you identify a meeting point, preferably away from the central area where you can meet up with your group if you become separated."

Ahead of the protest Avon an Somerset Police Chief Inspector Mark Runacres had this advice

The force said: "We’re working closely with the organisers, Bristol City Council and  others to minimise disruption. 

"We do have obligations to positively safeguard the human right to peaceful protest and those exercising that right, wherever possible.

"The organisers intend only to engage in peaceful protest and not to hinder or obstruct emergency services vehicles. 

"They’ve told us they don’t plan to block the highway and we'll take appropriate action should anyone attempt to do so.

"Those planning to attend should make their travel plans with care - walk, cycle or use public transport as there will be pressure on parking."

Yesterday the force urged people not to underestimate the scale of the protest.

The MP for North West Bristol Darren Jones told us he's welcoming the protest and the arrival of Greta Thunberg and supports campaigner's aims.

Some city centre road closures will be in place from 9am until 5pm. The area covered by road closures will stretch from Broadmead and the Bearpit across to Hotwells, Brandon Hill and Park Street.

The roads affected will be:

  • Lower Maudlin Street from its junction with Whitson Street to Lewins Mead
  • Rupert Street
  • Lewins Mead
  • The Horsefair
  • Penn Street
  • Broad Weir
  • Newgate
  • Union Street
  • Wine Street
  • High Street
  • Bristol Bridge
  • Victoria Street from Bristol Bridge to its junction with Counterslip
  • Baldwin Street
  • St Augustine’s Parade
  • Anchor Road from St Augustine’s Parade to Cannons Way
  • College Green
  • Park Street
  • Unity Street
  • Denmark Street
  • College Street
  • St Georges Road from Park Street to its junction with Frog Lane
  • Deanery Road from its junction with St Georges Road to the site of College Green
  • Commuters are advised to consider these closures and make alternative travel plans.

Ahead of the rally Bristol Youth Strike 4 Climate said: "Bristol Youth Strike 4 Climate is part of UK Student Climate Network, which is a group of mostly under 18s taking to the streets to protest the government’s lack of action on the Climate Crisis.

"We are mobilising unprecedented numbers of students to create a strong movement and send a message that we are tired of being ignored.

"We’ve raised the bar and elevated climate breakdown high on the agenda, but there is more to do.

"We need an urgent and ambitious action on climate which is why we’re calling for a Green New Deal."

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