Join Extinction Rebellion for a symbolic funeral procession and memorial service for all those already lost to climate change, and for all our futures unless we take urgent and radical action now.
This is a chance to express our grief for the thousands who have already died as a result of climate change, and for those species which have gone, or will go extinct – possibly including ourselves! It is also an opportunity to mourn for all our futures as we come to terms with the massive disruption which climate change is already having and will bring in the coming decades.
We will process solemnly through the City Centre streets behind the coffin to the beat of a drum and song, stopping occasionally to address the crowd. Arriving at our end point we will make our declaration and present our demands to the City Council. Then will come a memorial service with songs, poetry and speeches, and the chance to place tokens of our grief and hope on the coffin.
Finally, we will gather in a warm place close-by to share food and drink, to reflect on how we are feeling, to share our hopes and ideas on how to improve our situation, and to get to know each other.
Everyone is welcome to join us at any part of the event. Please dress (warmly!) in black if possible and bring tokens of grief and hope; e.g. pictures of lost environmental activists, extinct animals, or climate change damage, soft toys, or flowers; to leave on the coffin.
If you’d like a chance to address the crowd, or perform a poem or song, please contact us via direct message. Likewise if you have a specific need to be addressed. This event is intended to be as open and accessible to everyone as possible.
Bring climate-change placards and banners, and warm those voices up to sing along, united in grief and hope.