MUSICAL instruments are being used in a bid to make some noise about climate change.

Groups from throughout East Lothian are protesting in Haddington on Friday, September 27 during the East Lothian Rise Up! Climate Rally.

The rally is supporting East Lothian Council in its new climate change draft strategy but also pushing for the local authority to be more ambitious and urgent with its goals. Groups including the Haddington branch of Scottish Youth Climate Strike, Lil, Friends of the Earth East Lothian, Sustaining North Berwick and East Linton Melting Pot will be in attendance on the town’s Court Street.

The 11am to 3pm event is being pushed as a positive and peaceful rally where all ages can make their voices heard.

The Scottish Parliament declared a climate emergency in April and has set a target of 2045 for net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases.

East Lothian Council also declared a climate emergency last month.

A spokeswoman for the event said: “We are delighted that East Lothian Council has demonstrated that they truly understand the dire situation and also declared a climate emergency.

“As citizens of East Lothian, we need to demonstrate how important this is to us.

“We need everyone in East Lothian to play their part in making a better world and we need to tell our elected officials what we want them to do about it.

“Bring your friends and family, bring the kids (note they remain your responsibility at all times) and join us for some positive promotion of urgent climate action.

“Scottish Youth Climate Strike (SYCS) are organising a week of events to engage young people in action.”

The Haddington branch of SYCS is hosting activities for younger nursery and primary-aged children at the Knox Academy playing fields in the morning.

Banners will also be flown, while those planning to attend are urged to bring along musical instruments.