HUNDREDS of college students, school pupils and adults are taking to the streets of Southampton to demand action on climate change.

The campaigners, armed with signs and megaphones, are taking part in the Global Climate Strike – just three days before the United Nations Summit in New York.

Following smaller protests earlier in the day, including at Carnival HQ, there were protests in Guildhall Square, Southampton and Westgate, Winchester.

Despite an initial blunder, singing "what do we want – climate change", rather than "climate justice", the protestors caught the attention of many passers by.

One of the organisers, 17-year-old Peter Symonds College student Emily Wanstall, said: "We've been striking for months, but it just doesn't seem like much is happening in response.

"Everything seems to be getting worse, and this is at the expense of young people's futures.

"I know lots of people who are applying for university, but there's almost no point. Our future is looking poor.

"Where will we be in 10 years?"

Herbie Willis, a 16-year-old college student, said: "I am terrified for my future.

"I am a 16-year-old boy who has no idea what is going to happen.

"It is such a massive problem for my hopes and dreams.

"I am here on behalf of everyone who could not be here today."

Another campaigner, 53-year-old Sharon Keenan, said: "I am very concerned about the rate of climate change.

"Our society are coming together to raise awareness."