The old and young of Sheffield are coming together to battle climate change

Climate change activists say they are bringing together people of all ages in their bid to save the planet.

Extinction Rebellion believe they are the first group in Sheffield to unite multiple generations over the dangers of global warming.

On Saturday, members from the organisation painted the streets of Sheffield as part of their growing efforts to keep climate change on the news agenda.

Both young and old took part in Extinction Rebellion’s street painting and group member Tim Allen believes more should be made of their work to bring people together.

He said: “What I’m seeing of Extinction Rebellion is that it’s really multi-generational. I think it would be good if it were more widely recognised that as a group it’s bringing together people from different backgrounds all sharing a real deep concern about the future.”

Mr Allen also thinks the group have galvanised a sense of collective duty.

He added: “Even if some people might not be seeing the year 2050, they still feel like they have a stake in it whether it’s through their children or grandchildren or that sense of a moral responsibility and of leaving the world in a better state then when you came,”

Last month 2000 cities across the world were affected by mass school strikes from students urging adults to take responsibility for rising global temperatures.

This message seems to have made an impact on many older UK citizens.

Linda Duckenfield attended Saturday’s protest to fight for the future of her grandchildren.

She said: “I’m here because I’m a grandparent and I’m very concerned that there isn’t going to be much of a future for my grandchildren.”

In October last year the IPCC warned we have 12 years before irreversible climate change.

Sheffield City Council followed other regional authorities in declaring a ‘climate emergency’ in February.

However, the council’s aim to make the city carbon neutral by 2050 is behind the target’s of others like Manchester, Leeds and York who all have a goal of 2030.

Last month Cabinet member for environment and transport Lewis Dagnall said the city has an urgent responsibility to act on climate change and to improve air quality.