Iceland mourns its first glacier lost to climate change

It’s happened – the loss of a glacier in Iceland, formerly known as the Okjökull glacier


It is the first in the country to be lost, which scientists are blaming on global warming, with warnings that others will follow in the years to come.


In 2014, Okjökull was officially stripped of its glacier status after it shrank 0.2 square miles from 6.2 square miles in 2012.


‘A letter to the future’


The loss has been marked with a plaque and a funeral service, which was attended by around 100 people, including Iceland’s Prime Minister, Katrín Jakobsdóttir. The attendees walked up the mountain for the service, marking the now-barren spot with a plaque, titled ‘A letter to the future’.


The plaque reads: “OK is the first Icelandic glacier to lose its status as a glacier. In the next 200 years all our glaciers are expected to follow the same path. This monument is to acknowledge that we know what is happening and what needs to be done. Only you know if we did it.”


Jakobsdóttir said: “I hope this ceremony will be an inspiration not only to us here in Iceland but also for the rest of the world, because what we are seeing here is just one face of the climate crisis.”


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