HUNDREDS of protestors flocked to Southampton Bargate today to demand government action to combat the climate emergency.

Organised by Extinction Rebellion and Youth Strike 4 Climate the event was the second global strike for climate with students and people from all walks of society involved.

The groups claim that Southampton will be threatened by food shortages, air pollution and rising sea levels if action is not taken to combat environmental issues.

Their protest was to demand that the government takes concrete action to combat ecological destruction and climate change.

People of all ages took part in the demonstration carrying banners bearing slogans such as: "Make earth great again".

Running from 11am to 4pm there were talks about environmental issues, a singing workshop, an address from Labour MP for Southampton Test, Alan Whitehead MP , musical performances and even a litter picking. Meeting at the Bargate, protesters from all strands of life walked out of their schools, universities and workplaces to demand action and bolder policy commitments from the government.

Spokesman for Extinction Rebellion, Damian Head, said: "We want to leave something behind for children and young people. We all share the planet so for me it's really important that everyone gets involved. This is a crisis and there is no time to wait."

Sahiba Rahman, 16, a student from St Anne's Catholic School, said: "It affects all of us and we need to recognise the importance of the climate emergency."