Europe 1 with AFP 19:49, October 29, 2021

Greta Thunberg demonstrated in London on Friday by participating in an action by young environmentalists against the role of financial institutions in the climate crisis.

A trip which took place two days before the start of the COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, where the young woman is expected. 

Swedish activist Greta Thunberg joined an action by young environmentalists in London on Friday against the role of financial institutions in the climate crisis, two days before the start of COP26 in Scotland.

The emblematic figure of the "Fridays for Future" movement appeared alongside a few dozen activists in front of the headquarters of the Standard Chartered bank, immediately surrounded by a swarm of photographers and cameras.

"Stop funding our destruction"

She left without speaking but explained on Twitter asking this financial institution "to stop financing our destruction".

"Banks are still injecting fantastic amounts into fossil fuels, which destabilize the planet and endanger many lives," said Greta Thunberg, 18.

Environmental activists on Friday carried out a series of actions targeting other City banks and were due to rally outside the central bank on Friday evening.


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"The UK and businesses in the UK have been funding climate chaos and the destruction of our islands for decades," one of them, Joseph Sikuli, from Tonga in the Pacific told AFP.

Greta Thunberg is expected in Glasgow to take part in a big climate march on November 5, midway through the UN conference.

"As it stands, this COP will not bring about major changes," she told AFP in mid-October.