A coffin was carried through the streets of Barnstaple today (Saturday, February 16) as a funeral was held for the environment.

Scenes from the Extinction Rebellion funeral for the environment as it marched through Barnstaple on Saturday, February 16. Picture: Simon ElleryScenes from the Extinction Rebellion funeral for the environment as it marched through Barnstaple on Saturday, February 16. Picture: Simon Ellery

The sombre statement was the first public event for the Extinction Rebellion North Devon group, which has joined the thousands around the world who say they are taking a stand for the planet.

Dressed in black, with green armbands of mourning, more than 100 people took part in the silent procession from Barnstaple Square and up through the High Street.

Many bore pictures of animals that have already gone extinct and at the command of a mournful bell, they paused periodically in the High Street to hold a silent vigil before continuing.

Extinction Rebellion sees an increasing number of people convinced it is faced with a global emergency and a very real threat to survival if climate change is not slowed within a decade.

Scenes from the Extinction Rebellion funeral for the environment as it marched through Barnstaple on Saturday, February 16. Picture: Simon ElleryScenes from the Extinction Rebellion funeral for the environment as it marched through Barnstaple on Saturday, February 16. Picture: Simon Ellery

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They are calling on the Government to take drastic action to slow climate change before it is too late – and many have said they are willing to be arrested for the cause.

The campaign of non-violent civil disobedience has already seen activism in London, where protestors occupied five bridges and brought the capital to a standstill, as well as filling the police stations with their number.

Anyone wanting to find out more can visit the Extinction Rebellion North Devon Facebook page or email xr.northdevon@hotmail.com .

The first public event for Extinction Rebellion North Devon saw a funeral procession in Barnstaple High Street to highlight all the species that have gone extinct. Picture: Tony GussinThe first public event for Extinction Rebellion North Devon saw a funeral procession in Barnstaple High Street to highlight all the species that have gone extinct. Picture: Tony Gussin

Scenes from the Extinction Rebellion funeral for the environment as it marched through Barnstaple on Saturday, February 16. Picture: Simon ElleryScenes from the Extinction Rebellion funeral for the environment as it marched through Barnstaple on Saturday, February 16. Picture: Simon Ellery

Scenes from the Extinction Rebellion funeral for the environment as it marched through Barnstaple on Saturday, February 16. Picture: Simon ElleryScenes from the Extinction Rebellion funeral for the environment as it marched through Barnstaple on Saturday, February 16. Picture: Simon Ellery

The first public event for Extinction Rebellion North Devon saw a funeral procession in Barnstaple High Street to highlight all the species that have gone extinct. Picture: Tony GussinThe first public event for Extinction Rebellion North Devon saw a funeral procession in Barnstaple High Street to highlight all the species that have gone extinct. Picture: Tony Gussin

The first public event for Extinction Rebellion North Devon saw a funeral procession in Barnstaple High Street to highlight all the species that have gone extinct. Picture: Tony GussinThe first public event for Extinction Rebellion North Devon saw a funeral procession in Barnstaple High Street to highlight all the species that have gone extinct. Picture: Tony Gussin

The first public event for Extinction Rebellion North Devon saw a funeral procession in Barnstaple High Street to highlight all the species that have gone extinct. Picture: Tony GussinThe first public event for Extinction Rebellion North Devon saw a funeral procession in Barnstaple High Street to highlight all the species that have gone extinct. Picture: Tony Gussin

A coffin is carried through the streets of Barnstaple as part of the Extinction Rebellion North Devon 'funeral' for all the species lost. Picture: Tony GussinA coffin is carried through the streets of Barnstaple as part of the Extinction Rebellion North Devon 'funeral' for all the species lost. Picture: Tony Gussin

The first public event for Extinction Rebellion North Devon saw a funeral procession in Barnstaple High Street to highlight all the species that have gone extinct. Picture: Tony GussinThe first public event for Extinction Rebellion North Devon saw a funeral procession in Barnstaple High Street to highlight all the species that have gone extinct. Picture: Tony Gussin

The first public event for Extinction Rebellion North Devon saw a funeral procession in Barnstaple High Street to highlight all the species that have gone extinct. Picture: Tony GussinThe first public event for Extinction Rebellion North Devon saw a funeral procession in Barnstaple High Street to highlight all the species that have gone extinct. Picture: Tony Gussin