ENVIRONMENTAL activists are taking part in the first of two days of demonstrations in Worcester today (September 25).

Members of the Malvern Hills branch of Extinction Rebellion have hung banners on bridges in a ring around the city calling for Worcestershire County Council to take action on the climate.

One protestor, Andy Lyon, 53, from Malvern, said: “It is absolutely appalling that our elected officials refuse to provide the leadership necessary to address the very real crisis we are facing.

“Over 68 per cent of local councils have declared a climate emergency and many are developing innovative green solutions which improve people’s quality of life whilst drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

“But Worcestershire County Council continue to bury their heads in the sand and ignore the warnings of climate scientists, who are very clearly saying that we need to act now before it’s too late.”

The protests are set to continue tomorrow (September 26), and activists will be marching through the streets of Worcester, before gathering at 12pm in Cathedral Plaza for a socially-distanced ‘die-in’.