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Mock funeral for planet Earth in Nelson

Radio New Zealand logo Radio New Zealand 11/01/2019

© Getty Images A mock funeral for planet Earth is set to take place in Nelson this morning.

The local branch of the global Extinction Rebellion movement is staging the event, as a call to action to halt environmental decline.

Spokesperson Julie Nevin said today's funeral would be an invitation for others to join the campaign.

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The environmental studies student said it would also be a way of expressing grief about climate change and the danger it posed for the near future.

"We, as a species, rely on our ecosystem, so I'm concerned for my kids and for their kids that a vast number of people are still not behaving like this is the immediate crisis that it is."

Ms Nevin said the Extinction Rebellion movement in New Zealand sought large-scale mobilisation to reduce emission to zero by 2025.

Today's march through central Nelson starts at 10am.

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