Devastated People In Iceland Hold Funeral For Glacier After It Was Disappeared Because Of Climate Change
People in Iceland were horrified after they found out that one of their glaciers was disappeared because of climate change. Based on the satellite images, Okjokull just had minimum traces of ice on the top of a volcano.
It was officially declared dead in 2014 after researchers noticed that it wasn’t thick enough to move. The recent NASA pictures also showed how much ice had receded since then.
Naturally, people who were upset with the development, decided to honour the glacier and they travelled to the spot where it once stood and held a funeral for it. To highlight the impact, they also held a plaque with a serious message on it.
“Ok is the first Icelandic glacier to lose its status as glacier,” it reads.
“In the next 200 years all our main 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.”
Apart from the message, it also highlighted the current level of CO2 in the atmosphere so that generations in the future have a reference point to look back on.
People brought signs that said ‘Declare Climate Emergency’ and ‘Pull The Emergency Brake’ as they hiked to the site.
Ok used to stretch for more than 15 square kilometres, so this isn’t a little ice block that we’re talking about here.
Iceland’s Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir said: “This is the first Icelandic glacier that’s formally declared an ‘ex-glacier’.
“But if the predictions of the scientists… if we see them happening, we will see other glaciers disappear in the next decades and centuries, which is obviously a very big thing for our landscape, nature, ecosystem, but also for our energy system because we produce renewable energies from the glacier rivers.
“I think it’s so important for every leader of the world to be conscious of that.
“We are seeing the faces of climate crisis differently around the world, but it’s the same crisis. And we need international cooperation on an unprecedented scale. We really need to rethink the way we are working to meet this challenge.”
In 2000, glaciologist Oddur Sigurdsson made a map of all the glaciers around Iceland and found more than 300. Seventeen years later, 56 have disappeared.
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