Footage for the funeral held in Iceland for the first glacier lost to climate change has been making rounds on the internet.
Officials, researchers and dozens of people have gathered on Sunday in Iceland to commemorate the meltdown of the island’s first glacier, the iconic Okjökull glacier that was declared dead in 2014.
A plaque that carries a message to the future saying: “Ok is the first Icelandic glacier to lose its status as a glacier. This monument is to acknowledge that we know what is happening and know what needs to be done. Only you know if we did it”.
The memorial plaque for Iceland's Okjökull glacier contains a warning. "Ok is the first Icelandic glacier to lose its status as a glacier...This monument is to acknowledge that we know what is happening and know what needs to be done. Only you know if we did it." #ClimateChange pic.twitter.com/pLxFkUfhRI— Amanda Scott (@tantriclens) August 18, 2019
The glacier considered a victim of climate change is the first but not expected to be last as rising global temperatures are currently causing glaciers around the world to melt and threatening to create a vicious feedback loop of warming.
On August 18, 2019, scientists will be among those who gather for a memorial atop Ok volcano in west-central #Iceland. The deceased being remembered is Okjökull—a once-iconic #glacier that was declared dead in 2014. https://t.co/IbwDha54cB #NASA #Landsat pic.twitter.com/pSFD08UohO— NASA Earth (@NASAEarth) August 12, 2019
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