WELLINGTON, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- A mock funeral for planet Earth is taking place in Nelson of New Zealand's South Island on Saturday.
The local branch of the global Extinction Rebellion movement is staging the event and a march as a call to action to halt environmental decline.
Saturday's funeral would be an invitation for others to join the campaign, said spokesperson Julie Nevin.
Nevin 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," she said.
Nevin said the Extinction Rebellion movement in New Zealand sought large-scale mobilization to reduce emission to zero by 2025, which is also a government call.