Funeral Held For Swiss Glacier Lost To Climate Change

The Pizol glacier has shrunk by at least 80 percent since 2006 - which has been accelerated by temperatures rising around the planet
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The Pizol glacier has shrunk by at least 80 percent since 2006 (Photo: Adobe. Do not use without permission)

The Pizol glacier has shrunk by at least 80 percent since 2006 (Photo: Adobe. Do not use without permission)

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.

Glacier death

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.