A COMMUNITY is teaming up to fight climate change as part of a global movement.

Members of Bishop Auckland Climate Action will be joining in the UK Student Climate Network strike on Friday, September 20, by staging a protest of their own at Bishop Auckland Market Place between 10 am and 1pm – ahead of the UN emergency climate summit on Monday, September 23.

Following feedback of more than 100 people who attended a recent climate crisis lecture organised by Di Murphy at Bishop Auckland Town Hall, a new climate action group has been launched in Bishop Auckland.

The newly formed group aims to raise awareness of the climate crisis and campaign for action to address global warming.

Diane Murphy, event organiser, said: "We hope our protest will send a strong message to the Government that the time for talking has gone and that only immediate action can save the planet now and we would like to encourage like-minded people to stand with us. We in Bishop Auckland do care, and we can make a difference."

Councillor Joy Allen said: “Durham County Council declared a climate emergency in February this year when it adopted a new target of becoming 60 percent carbon neutral by 2030.

"I am delighted that Climate Change Bishop Auckland wants to lead the way by becoming the first carbon neutral town in the county by working with the council, schools, scientific bodies and experts."