Climate change claims the ‘life’ of Iceland’s first glacier


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On August 18th, a funeral was held to mourn the loss of Iceland’s ‘Okjokull’ glacier, a now wet tomb created by -what scientists say is- climate change.

Iceland’s mighty glacier that once spanned more than 5 miles, has been reduced to a mere lake.

It was recently announced that July of 2019 had been the hottest month on earth’s record; its effects seemed to have reached all across the globe.

With the previous record just set in 2016, the earth is heating at a rapid rate. 

Okjokull’s death has left a warning, ‘A letter to the future’ written on a plaque placed on the funeral site that 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.”

The nation’s future is a concern, as 10% of Iceland is composed of glaciers. Many more glaciers are expected to perish within the next 200 years.