EXTINCTION Rebellion protestors marched in Tilehurst Road recently, delivering what they call "a strong message" to Alok Sharma.

The crowds on June 25 hoped to urge Secretary of State and Reading West MP Alok Sharma and his office to demand immediate action to halt climate and ecological breakdown.

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They say that despite reports of the UK not being on track to meet its target of carbon net zero by 2050,

as well as the declaration of a climate emergency last year, the government "has not been alert to the breakdown in the environment happening all around us, both in our own country and across the globe."

Protestors marched with wheelbarrows of horse manure and placards to emphasise their key demands:, saying: "Climate Action Now – No more Horses**t!"

They also called for a Citizens Assembly to “decide together” on the way forward.

The peaceful protest was one of many demonstrations across the country.

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One protester said: "The climate's already in crisis - wildfires in Australia and the Amazon, the poles are melting - it's hotter in the Arctic than Rio de Janeiro!

"We want action, a legally binding Citizens Assembly."

Another said "The science is clear, climate breakdown is happening as predicted.

"The government described last year’s floods in the UK as unprecedented, yet as with the global pandemic, the danger was predicted.

"Without prompt action, the future is simply terrifying."

The protest was live-streamed on the Extinction Rebellion UK facebook page.

Letters were delivered to Mr Sharma’s office and the area was left clean after the protest.