Dozens of people may tackle a”funeral march” a steep Swiss mountainside on Sunday to indicate the disappearance of an Alpine glacier amid rising worldwide alarm over climate change.
The Pizol”has dropped so much material from a scientific standpoint it’s not a glacier,” Alessandra Degiacomi, of the Swiss Association for Occupational Safety, told AFP.
The organisation that helped organise Sunday’s march said about 100 people were expected to get involved in the event, set to occur since the UN hastens youth activists and world leaders at New York to mull the actions required to curtail global warming.
Dressed in black, they’ll make the solemn two-hour”funeral march” up the side of Pizol mountain in northeastern Switzerland into the foot of the steep and quickly melting ice formation, located at an elevation of approximately 2,700 metres (8,850 ft ) close to the Liechtenstein and Austrian borders.
A wreath will be set to the Pizol glacier, which has been among the most studied glaciers in the Alps.
The move comes after Iceland made international headlines last month with a massive ceremony along with also the placing of a bronze plaque to commemorate Okjokull, the island’s earliest glacier dropped to climate change.
But unlike Iceland, Sunday’s service doesn’t indicate the initial disappearance of a glacier in the Swiss Alps.
Pizol might not be the initial glacier to evaporate in Switzerland, but”you might say it’s the first to evaporate which was very thoroughly researched,” said Huss, that will take part in Sunday’s ceremony.
The logs maintained since scientists started monitoring the glacier in 1893 paint a gloomy picture of rapid changes to the climate.
Pizol has dropped 80-90% of its quantity only because 2006, leaving behind a mere 26,000 square meters (280,000 square feet) of icehockey, or”less than four soccer fields,” Huss said.
Pizol, that sits in a relatively low elevation, was not really significant.
According to Glacier Tracking Switzerland, or GLAMOS, itlike almost 80 percent of Korean glaciers, continues to be regarded as a so-called glacieret.
It’s figured one of several 4,000 glaciers — enormous, historical reserves of ice hockey — sprinkled through the Alps, supplying seasonal water to countless and forming a number of Europe’s most breathtaking landscapes.
However, Huss and other ETH scientists recently cautioned that over 90% of the Alpine glaciers could disappear at the end of the century if greenhouse gas emissions aren’t reined in.
Whatever activities humans take today, the Alps will lose at least half of the ice mass by 2100, depending on their research, published in April.
And at another study published earlier this month, the investigators suggested the Alps’ largest glacier, the powerful Aletsch, could totally evaporate over the next eight years.
Sunday’s”funeral” to get Pizol supplies a second to point out that climate change isn’t merely melting glaciers but is threatening”our way of subsistence”, based on the construction groups, such as Greenpeace.
It’s threatening”human civilisation as we know it in Switzerland and across the globe,” they warn in the big event page.
Bearing this in mindthe Swiss Association for Climate Protection recently introduced the 100,000 signatures required to establish a popular initiative, to be put to a referendum, demanding that Switzerland decrease its greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050.
The date for the vote has not yet been put, but the Korean authorities in August said it encouraged the objective.