Extinction Rebellion protesters are marching through Gateshead to the Metrocentre carrying a huge painted wooden ark on their shoulders to raise awareness of rising sea levels.

Activists from Newcastle, Gateshead and North Tyneside started their walk at 9.15am on Sunday morning at the Staithes in Dunston and marched to the Metrocentre.

The group said they will be taking the route that shows where the high tide is predicted to be by the end of the century if urgent action is not taken.

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Photos from the morning of action show protestors carrying a wooden ark with the words "Who will save us?" painted on the side.

Other people are dressed from hear to toe in blue with paint on their faces carrying a fabric wave to represent the sea.

Ahead of the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, this is one of many actions people are taking to demand greater, immediate action from politicians to tackle the climate and ecological emergency.

A member of the group, Andy, a web developer, said: "Rising sea levels are hard to imagine, so I am supporting this march to show where the sea will rise in parts of Gateshead, Dunston and the Metrocentre.

"This will tragically and dramatically affect future generations unless we act now. I don't want my grandchildren to blame my generation for taking too little action too late."

Another participant, Louise, a solicitor, said: "We are already drowning in promises, now we demand action. Building higher sea defences is not the answer. Tackling emissions, especially our continued dependence on fossil fuels, is what is needed.

"To keep each other and our local community safe, participants will be encouraged to social distance or to wear masks when this isn’t possible."

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