Image of the Day: Swiss Pilgrims Alter Anti-Glacial Prayer

A view of the Aletsch Glacier in Switzerland, one of the largest glaciers in the Alps. As climate change has become all too real for the Swiss villages of Fiesch and Fieschertal, the Vatican approved changes, reports National Geographic, to a Catholic ritual that for 350 years involved an annual pilgrimage and prayer to the heavens for melting of the Aletsch and Fiescher glaciers looming over them. The reason for the prayer was to alleviate the deadly flooding and destruction the glaciers caused. But as National Geographic reported, their prayers worked too well, and today the villagers worry less about flooding and more about frequent forest fires, diminishing drinking water, food, and energy.

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