ALYN and Deeside residents made their way to Parliament to make their voices heard over environmental concerns.

The residents were among an estimated 12,000 people lobbying their MPs for urgent action on the natural environment and climate change.

In the largest-ever environmental lobby of parliament, people from all corners of the UK were represented, with at least 300 MPs coming out to meet with their constituents.

Alyn and Deeside MP Mark Tami was taken to meet constituents in the area surrounding the Palace of Westminster.

At 2pm lobbyists rang phone alarms and alarm clocks to symbolise that ‘the time is now to act’.

Constituents urged Mr Tami to pass ambitious new laws that create a healthier environment for people and wildlife, and to support measures that end the UK’s contribution to climate change by 2045.

The day also saw leaders from different faith communities, including former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, gather for a ‘Walk of Witness’ from Trafalgar Square down Whitehall.

‘The Time is Now’ lobby was organised by The Climate Coalition and Greener UK, two coalitions combining more than 130 organisations and representing more than 15 million people – ranging from aid agencies CAFOD, Christian Aid and Islamic Relief to community groups including the Women’s Institute and environmental organisations such as WWF, National Trust and Friends of the Earth.

It follows global environmental protests, and the declaration of a climate and environment emergency by the UK parliament.

Mr Tami said said: “I was very glad to welcome Alyn and Deeside constituents to Parliament - part of the UK wide contingent who came down to lobby on climate change.

"It was great to discuss such an important issue that needs to be at the top of the Government’s agenda. I fully agree with them - The Time Is Now for action.”

Shaun Spiers, Chair of Greener UK, said: “The broad range of people and organisations supporting the lobby shows the feeling across the country that urgent action is needed, starting with an ambitious environment bill and policies that put us on track for net zero emissions by 2045. The time to act is now."