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Extinction Rebellion. Funeral at Glastonbury

At midday today, Saturday 12th January a funeral procession of nearly 300 people brought the centre of Glastonbury to a halt.

The funeral procession was created to “mark the passing of the 60% of all mammals, birds, fish and reptiles wiped out since 1970 and the 200 species which are becoming extinct every day due human activity.”

The hour-long procession was introduced by funeral celebrant, Marisa Picardo and started from the Market Cross. There was a pause to lay a wreath for all lost species at St John’s Church and for speeches outside the Town Hall.

On the return to the Market Cross a letter in support of Extinction Rebellion was read out from veteran campaigning academic Noam Chomsky.

Dr Richard Tabor explains “The funeral is part of the growing Extinction Rebellion campaign to force governments world-wide to acknowledge and act on the evidence provided by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. It shows that human beings have just twelve years to step back from the brink of a sixth ‘mass extinction’ of life on earth.”

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