Celebration Funeral March for Life to Kew Gardens


20 July 2019
12:00 - 15:00 (UTC +01:00)


The Green, Richmond, TW9 1, United Kingdom

hosted by

Extinction Rebellion Richmond

We invite you to join us in our Celebration March for Life!

We will start with a die-in outside Barclays Bank in Richmond Town Centre, to draw attention to the harm caused to life by the fossil fuel industry and Barclays’ part in this. Then our funeral march, complete with coffin and slow music, will proceed to Kew Gardens, where we will hold a memorial service for those species that have become extinct as a result of human action. A letter to Kew Gardens will be delivered, acknowledging their work to preserve life and requesting they sever their ties to companies complicit in causing environmental harm. Following the service we will joyfully celebrate life on earth marching from Kew Gardens to Kew Green, and finish with a bring and share picnic, songs and games.

Dress Code
Adults – to wear black, and veils if you have them!
Children – to dress as creatures and plants
(But all are welcome to come as you are!)

Detailed Timings!
Please join us at 11.30 on Richmond Green for a pre-action briefing.

(Parents with children who may not enjoy the die-in part of the proceedings can meet us and join the march at Richmond Station at 12.15-12.25)

We gather at Barclays Bank in Richmond where we will hand out divestment flyers before and during a short die-in at noon.

Procession to Kew Gardens

12.25 pm
Passing Richmond Station to pick up people not joining die-in
The march from the station to the Victoria Gate of Kew Gardens will take about 35 – 45 minutes. Anyone not wanting to walk from Richmond to Kew Gardens will be invited to get the train or bus to Kew Gardens station, walking down to join us at the Victoria Gate.

1.15 pm
Outside the Victoria Gate of Kew Gardens we will hold a short memorial service around the coffin and hand out leaflets about XR groups in other countries to the visitors.
We will be handing in a letter to Kew Gardens which will highlight their problematic corporate sponsorship.

We will strike up the music, take everything and leave, walking or taking the bus (two stops) to Kew Green for a bring and share picnic to share songs, ideas, play games, and get to know each other better.


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