Iceland Honors the Loss of the First Glacier Due to Global Warming


After learning about the melted glacier, anthropologists Cymene Howe and Dominic Boyer from Rice University decided that the disappearance of the glacier deserved commemoration.

Icelandic Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir said, "We have no time to lose". "In the next 200 years all our glaciers are expected to follow the same path", said the inscription on the plaque written by Icelandic author Andri Snaer Magnason. "Only you know if we did it", the plaque read.

The dedication, written by Icelandic author Andri Snaer Magnason, ends with the date of the ceremony and the concentration of carbon dioxide in the air globally-415 parts per million (ppm).

It aims to raise awareness of the effects of climate change.

"Memorials everywhere stand for either human accomplishments, like the deeds of historic figures, or the losses and deaths we recognize as important", researcher Howe said.

"OK - this is the first Icelandic glacier, which lost its status as a glacier".

"We are seeing the faces of climate crisis differently around the world, but it's the same crisis".

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"Seeing a glacier disappear is something you can feel, you can understand it and it's pretty visual", he told AFP. Iceland is planning to mark the passing of Okjokull, its first glacier lost to climate change which threatens some 400 others on the subarctic island.

Scientists Iceland staged the ceremony of "farewell" with the glacier Achocol, reports the with reference to the Correspondent. They are also the producers of 'Not Ok, ' a documentary on the Okjokull glacier.

Glaciers cover about 11 percent of the country's surface.

This is the first monument ever created for a glacier lost to climate change.

Mourners in Iceland have gathered to commemorate Okjokull, a 700-year-old glacier that was declared dead five years ago and has shriveled to a small patch of ice atop a volcano.

In 2000, glaciologist Oddur Sigurdsson made a map of all the glaciers around Iceland and found more than 300. It was stripped of its glacier status in 2014.