Climate protestors from Mid Wales and the Shropshire borders were joined by thousands of others from all over the country, as parts of central London were brought to a standstill today.

Demonstrators from the group Extinction Rebellion, including members from Llanidloes, Machynlleth and Oswestry blocked roads across central London sparking traffic disruption.

Campaigners parked a boat at Oxford Circus and blocked Marble Arch, Piccadilly Circus and roads around Parliament Square.

The group are calling for the government to "admit the truth about the ecological emergency," and reverse all policies inconsistent with addressing climate change. They have also called for carbon emissions to be reduced to net zero by 2025, and for the establishment for a citizens assembly to oversee the changes.

“These are ordinary people prepared to be arrested, prepared to give up their liberty. They are mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers. They have children and are fearful for those children’s futures on this planet, " said a spokesperson.

"They are no different to anyone reading this: they are tired of years of climate destruction going on unchallenged and tired of feeling helpless in the face of it. The time has come to act rather than believe there’s nothing that can be done anyway.

"That simply isn’t true, we just have to get out there and stand up for the natural world and our place in it."

The group say the action is part of a week of "intense, peaceful activity to raise the profile of climate change and species loss, and demand that our government respond fully."

On Saturday, April 20, a community celebration of life is set to be held from 11am at the Plas in Machynlleth with a procession and fair.