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In Pictures: Climate change protest 'The Time is Now' descends on Westminster

Protest sign at march Image copyright PA Media
Image caption Organisers estimate that 12,000 people - including school children, farmers, grandparents and nature lovers - joined the rally

A coalition of environmental protesters from across the country have descended on Westminster to lobby politicians over the issue.

"The Time is Now" group promised a wide range of people would take to the streets around Parliament, including surfers and nuns, and they would come from a wide range of organisations, such as Christian Aid, the Women's Institute and the National Trust.

Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Rowan Williams, who led a march at the event, said the group had a "vision of the sacredness, depth and solidity of the material world we find ourselves in".

A number of MPs came out of Parliament to talk to the protesters.

Here are some of the pictures from the day of action.

Protesters gathered on Albert Embankment in London before heading to Parliament Image copyright PA Media
Image caption Protesters gathered on Albert Embankment in London before heading to Parliament
Protesters with signs Image copyright PA Media
Image caption The event was organised by The Climate Coalition and Greener UK. Shaun Spiers, chief executive of Greener UK, said they wanted to see "an ambitious environment bill and policies that put us on track for net zero emissions by 2045"
Protesters set off their mobile phone alarms at the same time to highlight the issue Image copyright PA Media
Image caption Demonstrators set off their mobile phone alarms en masse to highlight the urgency of the climate issue
Emily Thornberry Image copyright PA Media
Image caption Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry spoke to some of those gathered nearby Parliament
Tory MP Damian Green talks to one of his constituents on the protest Image copyright PA Media
Image caption Tory MP Damian Green talked to one of his constituents
Chuka Umunna Image copyright PA Media
Image caption Lib Dem MP Chuka Umunna attracted a crowd
Wombles in Westminster Image copyright PA Media
Image caption Recycling enthusiasts joined members of the Women's Institute, Surfers Against Sewage and Islamic Relief, among a host of other groups
Sad earth protesters making their point in Westminster Image copyright PA Media
Image caption They want MPs to act now to cut UK carbon emissions and pass ambitious new laws to tackle air and plastic pollution

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