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The Swedish teenage climate change activist was mobbed by adoring fans as she arrived at Glasgow Central station at around 6.40pm. Greta – who became a global symbol for the carbon neutral movement after boycotting school – arrived after taking a train from London Euston.

Upon arriving in Scotland’s largest city, Ms Thunberg was surrounded by police and other activists as she made her way through the station.

Taking to Twitter a short time later, she wrote: “Finally in Glasgow for the #COP26! And thank you for the very warm welcome.”

She wrote the caption alongside an image of herself descending an escalator through the crowds.

Her arrival in Scotland comes just a day after she took part in a demonstration outside the Standard Chartered headquarters bank in London.

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It was part of a campaign to lobby banks and the wider global financial system to stop supporting the use of fossil fuels.

As Ms Thunberg was escorted through the station and the excited crowds, video footage picked up members of her group swearing at photographers.

One bystander was heard asking the world-famous activist: “Are you happy to be in Glasgow?”

One of Ms Thunberg’s minders was heard replying abruptly: “Get a life!”


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Ms Thunbery is believed to be one of around 100,000 climate change activists who are descending on the city ahead of the start of the international summit on Monday.

As they prepare to take to the streets to voice their concerns about the climate crisis facing the planet, more than 100 leaders, including Boris Johnson and US President Joe Biden, are set to attend the summit.

And Ms Thunberg is expected to take a leading role in demonstrations lobbying world leaders to up the ante in the fight against climate change during the two-week summit.

On Friday a march is due to take place, organised by Fridays for Future Scotland – the Scottish branch of the movement inspired by her activism.

The activist also extended an invitation to ScotRail and Glasgow’s refuse workers that had originally planned to go on strike during the COP26 summit.

She is also expected to speak at a rally taking place on Saturday hosted by the Cop26 Coalition.

In a preview for his BBC One show on Sunday, Andrew Marr asked Ms Thunberg if she had been invited to COP26.

She responded: “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.”

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