MEMBERS of Extinction Rebellion Romsey joined a protest in Southampton at the weekend, slamming a cruise agency and climate change.

Extinction Rebellion (XR) held a protest at Carnival HQ today urging them to "become a company that worldwide respects the environment".

More than 50 people demanded the cruise agency commits to fit all vessels for shore-side electricity as an alternative to liquefied natural gas which is usually fracked.

Carnival, whose subsidiaries include P&O Cruises and Cunard, has been in the press due to dumping fuel and food waste along with thousands of gallons of sewage into the ocean.

Syd Meats, a campaigner from XR Romsey, said: "I am joining the protest as a member of Extinction Rebellion Romsey, to highlight Carnival’s appalling track record with regard to environmental issues.

"Carnival’s cruise ships are more polluting than all of Europe’s cars put together.

"As if this isn’t bad enough, the corporation has failed to comply with court orders to stop dumping sewage and plastic waste at sea.

"It seems as if they consider themselves to be above the law. "

The campaigners, armed with signs and megaphones, then took part in the Global Climate Strike, which was an international movement.

There were protests in Guildhall Square, Southampton, with hundreds of people chanting for climate justice.

Despite an initial blunder, singing "what do we want – climate change", rather than "climate justice", the protestors caught the attention of many passers by.

Speaking at the event, Southampton Test MP Alan Whitehead said: “The activism that has now welled up on climate really is making a change, it really is making people sit up and notice what is going on and what needs to be done about it.”

One of the organisers, 17-year-old Peter Symonds College student Emily Wanstall, said: "We've been striking for months, but it just doesn't seem like much is happening in response.

"Everything seems to be getting worse, and this is at the expense of young people's futures.

"I know lots of people who are applying for university, but there's almost no point. Our future is looking poor.

"Where will we be in 10 years?"

Herbie Willis, a 16-year-old college student, said: "I am terrified for my future.

"I am a 16-year-old boy who has no idea what is going to happen.

"It is such a massive problem for my hopes and dreams.

"I am here on behalf of everyone who could not be here today."