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Protesters at the COP26 youth climate strike have not missed with their signs

Thousands of young people led by Greta Thunberg are marching through Glasgow for the COP26 youth climate strike.

Thousands of young activists are marching through Glasgow on Friday for the COP26 youth climate strike – and they’ve not missed the opportunity to get creative with their messages to world leaders.

The protest was organised by Fridays for Future – the movement that sees children across the world walk out of school in protest over the climate crisis.

It took off in 2018 when Greta Thunberg began standing outside the Swedish parliament with a protest sign that read: “School strike for climate”.

Both Thunberg and Ugandan activist Vanessa Nakate are due to speak at the march. And they will be met by not just thousands of protesters, but hilarious signs demanding action from governments on climate change.

Here are some of the best signs The Big Issue has seen so far.

A protester with a sign stating that "the planet is hotter than Timothée Chalamet. Image: Sarah Wilson
A protester with a sign stating that “the planet is hotter than Timothée Chalamet. Image: Sarah Wilson
Two activists in Glasgow say things are "so bad even the introverts are here". Image: Sarah Wilson
Two activists in Glasgow say things are “so bad even the introverts are here”. Image: Sarah Wilson
This protester turned to Yoda to deliver some wisdom. Image: Sarah Wilson
Some directed their messages at the prime minister. Image: Sarah Wilson
A lot of effort was put into the signs. Image: Laura Kelly
Some of the signs were more blunt than others. Image: Laura Kelly
Two activists are encouraging people to “go vegan”. Image: Laura Kelly
One protester made a sign based on the popular "this is fine" meme. Image: Sarah Wilson
One protester made a sign based on the popular “this is fine” meme. Image: Sarah Wilson
Thousands of protesters are taking place in the march. Image: Sarah Wilson
Thousands of protesters are taking place in the march. Image: Sarah Wilson
"Smarter than the average politician" read one sign, with arrows pointing to anyone stood either side of them. Image: Laura Kelly
“Smarter than the average politician” read one sign, with arrows pointing to anyone stood either side of them. Image: Laura Kelly
One protester referenced the film Titanic. Image: Sarah Wilson
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