Greta Thunberg at Glastonbury: Teenage climate change activist announces surprise appearance


Now Greta Thunberg goes to Glastonbury: Teenage climate change activist, 19, announces surprise appearance at festival as she prepares to make speech from main stage

  • Greta Thunberg, 19, will address Glastonbury’s crowds from Pyramid Stage
  • The climate campaigner is to speak at 5.15pm and was not pre-announced 
  • Over 200,000 revellers made the return to the festival after two years of Covid

Greta Thunberg will be addressing Glastonbury’s crowds from the Pyramid Stage today as she makes a ‘special appearance’ at the festival. 

The 19-year-old Swedish climate campaigner will be speaking at 5.15pm from the biggest stage of the festival which draws more than 200,000 revellers. 

She will most likely be talking about the environment shortly before American female rock group group Haim go on. 

It is unclear how she travelled to the festival from Sweden where she has been recently hosting regular school strikes.  

The festivities – which have returned for the first time since the Covid pandemic – started on Thursday, with thousands setting up camp by Tuesday.

Greta Thunberg will be addressing Glastonbury's crowds from the Pyramid Stage today as she makes a last minute addition to the festival

Greta Thunberg will be addressing Glastonbury’s crowds from the Pyramid Stage today as she makes a last minute addition to the festival

The 19-year-old Swedish climate campaigner will be speaking at 5.15pm from the biggest stage of the festival which draws more than 200,000 revellers

The 19-year-old Swedish climate campaigner will be speaking at 5.15pm from the biggest stage of the festival which draws more than 200,000 revellers

In a Tweet, Greta said: ‘I’m excited to announce that today I will be on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury 5.15pm. See you there!’

A few minutes before Glastonbury Festival Tweeted: ‘We’re very excited to announce that Greta Thunberg will be making a special appearance on the Pyramid Stage at around 5.15pm today. Don’t miss it!’. 

Back in 2019, there were murals of the environmental activist and school striker all over the festival with the slogan ‘What would Greta do?’.  

Sheryl Crow dedicated ‘Soak Up The Sun’ to the then 16 year-old activist three years ago. 

This year’s headliners include Paul McCartney, Kendrick Lamar and Billie Eilish, who in her explosive Pyramid Stage set last night slammed the US Supreme Court’s abortion rights overhaul.

Swedish teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg photographed near the site of the United Nations COP26 last year

Swedish teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg photographed near the site of the United Nations COP26 last year

General view of the Pyramid Stage where Greta will take to during day three of Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 24

General view of the Pyramid Stage where Greta will take to during day three of Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 24

Taking to the stage, she said it was a ‘dark day for women’ following the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe V Wade, as she took to the stage at the Glastonbury Festival on Friday.

The singer, 20, who first made her debut at the festival on The Other Stage at Worthy Farm in 2019, told the crowd she ‘couldn’t bear to think about’ the ruling which ended the constitutional right to abortion in the US, meaning individual states could decide whether abortion can be made illegal.

Also prominent at the festival were many partygate-themed ‘this is a work event’ flags ribbing Boris Johnson – a nod to the PM’s claim that lockdown-busting gatherings were not parties.

Showers hit the festival yesterday morning – and there are fears of heavy rain tomorrow and showers on Sunday afternoon. 

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