ENVIRONMENTAL activists have blocked a major bridge in Glasgow City Centre.

Campaigners from Extinction Rebellion branch 'Scientist Rebellion' have occupied the King George V Bridge next to Glasgow Central station.

The group tweeted: "COP has failed, the people must go into civil resistance!"

They later added: "COP26 is a cop out, climate revolution now!"

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Around 20 climate protesters are blocking the key route through the city centre.

Pictures from the scene show they have chained themselves to the bridge.

A banner reads: "Climate revolution or we will lose everything". 

The group say they’re staying there until they’re arrested.

One scientist 'rebel', Charlie, an associate senior lecturer at the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, said: "As scientists with a deep understanding of the crisis we´re in, we have a moral duty to act.

"Over 15,000 scientists declared that we´re in a climate emergency, but most arent acting as if it´s an emergency.

"We´re taking this action to encourage others, scientists and all people, to rise up in rebellion against the system that is killing everything.

"This COP has failed, just like the previous 25 COPs have failed, and we cannot rely on our leaders to save us anymore."

Police say they are "engaging" with protesters.

A police spokesman said: "The King George V Bridge at the Broomielaw in Glasgow is currently closed to pedestrians and vehicles due to protest activity.

"Officers are engaging with the protesters."

It comes as up to 100,000 people are expected to march through Glasgow in a cliamte protest.

Demonstrators will also be on the streets of central London, as well as for 200 events across the UK and around the world, organisers said.

The marches come after thousands of youth activists, including Greta Thunberg and Vanessa Nakate marched through Glasgow on Friday protesting against investment in fossil fuels and failure to tackle the climate crisis.

Ms Thunberg called the Cop26 conference, where countries are meeting in a bid to increase ambition on cutting greenhouse gas emissions, ” a global north greenwash festival, a two-week long celebration of business as usual and blah blah blah”.

This is a breaking story and will be updated.