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Rallies in Staffordshire and Cheshire as part of Global Climate Strike

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Protests are taking place in Staffordshire and Cheshire, calling for more action to tackle climate change.

People are already gathering in Town Square in Stafford, while later there will be rallies in Albion Square in Hanley, at the monument on Derby Street in Leek, and outside the Town Hall in Macclesfield.

Hundreds of thousands of people in 139 countries across the world are taking to the streets as part of the Global Climate Strike, inspired by teenage activist Greta Thunberg.

People across the world will take time off school or work to join the global event.

Miss Thunberg, 16, posted on social media just hours before the sun came up for the first countries in the world to see 20 September.

She wrote: "Soon the sun will rise on Friday the 20th of September 2019. Good luck Australia, The Philippines, Japan and all the Pacific Islands. You go first!"

The demonstrations will take different forms, but all aim to promote awareness of climate change and demand political action to curb contributing factors to climate change, namely carbon emissions, organisers said.

The events come ahead of a United Nations climate summit, which starts in New York on Monday (23 September).

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