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A memorial service has been held to commemorate a Swiss glacier lost to climate change.
The funeral march at the weekend, which marked the loss of the Pizol glacier, attracted more than 200 people.
According to scientists, the glacier has shrunk by 80 percent since 2006, such a significant decline that it is no longer considered to be a glacier.
In deepest sadness, #Switzerland has celebrated a commemoration for#Pizol #Glacier today. A concerted action of Christian &
environmental associations has organised this event with 250 participants, including a speech by our colleague @matthias_huss. R.I.P., Pizolgletscher! pic.twitter.com/7413PIuVoS
— VAW Glaciology (@VAW_glaciology) September 22, 2019
The Swiss Association for Climate Protection (SACP), which calls for Switzerland’s carbon dioxide emissions to be reduced to zero by 2050, organized the event.
Local chaplain, Eric Petrini, gave a eulogy, in which he called on ‘God’s help to tackle the enormous challenge of climate change’.
The event followed a similar ceremony held last year in Iceland, in commemoration of glacier Okjokull, declared dead in 2014.