Mother Earth, known by her friends as Home, passed away on the eve of the sixth mass extinction.
That fateful evening, she made one last request to humankind, ‘on the day of the 6th mass extinction, you must look the future generation in the eye and say you are sorry !’.
This week a memorial service was held in Norwich City centre, to mourn all that Mother Earth has lost and continues to lose to climate change and human destruction.
The service commenced with tributes paid by the Undertaker. Acknowledging what had so sadly been lost and remembering those around the world living daily with the terrible consequences of the climate crisis. The Undertaker encouraged the attendees to support each other in their grief but to remain united in hope because together people can make a change.
With the funeral musician on the guitar, the mourners then sang Amazing Grace to a reggae beat. Reggae being one of Mother Earth's favourite genres and thus a fitting tribute.
Six of Mother Earth's close friends stepped up to be pallbearers and lifted the coffin down the steps of City hall. Slowly the funeral procession made its way across the top of the Marketplace and onto the cobbles of Gentlemans walk. Some sobbed into their hancichiefs while others showed their respects by singing ‘People gonna rise like the water’ along to the low beat of the funeral drum. The coffin was laid down once again and mourners placed flowers and ears of wheat by its side.
As the Undertaker announced the 6th mass extinction to the crowd gathering on the street, the forty or so mourners dropped to the ground and died. The Undertaker paused for a second and then began to read aloud the Extinction Rebellion Declaration. A few funeral attendees did not die and instead passed messages of hope and solidarity to the curious crowd.
At the end of the declaration came the call for people to take action and rebel. Hearing this the mourners stood up from their graves and the pallbearers lifted the coffin up once more. The procession walked slowly along the bottom of the marketplace and back up to the City Hall steps. The coffin was laid down and in one final peaceful moment everyone dropped to the ground and died
The Undertaker read the declaration once more before closing the ceremony and inviting the mourners to sing one final hymn together.
The wake was held at the Greenhouse. Coffee and cake was shared and people shared their stories and love for Mother earth.
Norwich XR funeral services would like to thank everyone who attended and commends their peaceful nature and courage shown at this difficult time. In the midst of the 6th mass extinction. We stand with you in grief.
Find all the great photos of the day in the gallery here.
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