Hundreds mourned what they called the “death” of Pizol glacier in eastern Switzerland Sunday, according to CNN. Matthias Huss, a glacier specialist at ETH Zurich university, told CNN that the glacier lost 80-90 percent of its volume since 2006. Moreover, it’s name will be removed from Swiss glacier surveillance network’s list.
“Pizol glacier has disappeared. There will be some snow left, but the glacier is no more.” Huss told CNN, “There are several small pieces of ice lying around, but these pieces are increasingly being covered by rock debris from the mountain. But given what is left of it, we will no longer term it a glacier in scientific terms,”
The funeral procession of 250 hiked up the glacier and listened to a speech from a local priest. Alessandra Degiacomi, coordinator of the Swiss Association for Climate Protection and organizer of the funeral march, told CNN that the group’s goal is to urge the government of Switzerland to cut back CO2 emission.
“We want to have a CO2 neutral Switzerland from 2050,” Degiacomi told CNN. “We want to decarbonize the country.”