Iceland Holds Funeral for its First Glacier Lost to the Climate Crisis

“What we are seeing here is just one face of the climate crisis.” Iceland is mourning the loss of Okjökull, its first glacier lost to climate change.

Officials hold funeral

Iceland honored the passing of Okjokull — its first glacier lost to climate change. It was about 700 years old. Okjokull, which is now a patch of ice atop a volcano, was declared dead in 2014, when it ceased movement. Hundreds of scientists, journalists and members of the public trekked to the site in western Iceland. At the ceremony in western Iceland a plaque was mounted on a bare rock, reading “A letter to the future.”

"I hope that 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. Prime Minister of Iceland. A big part of our renewable energies is produced in the glacial rivers, producing electricity from the glacial rivers so I think we also need to be conscious of that. That that’s why the disappearance of the glaciers will affect our energy system." - Katrin Jakobsdottir. "By writing in something eternal material, that makes you think differently and actually normally in our lives, we don’t think that what we are doing has consequences or will be somewhere in 200 years." - Andri Snær Magnason. Icelandic writer and author of text on the plaque.

The conversation about climate change can be abstract, with many dire statistics and sophisticated scientific models that can feel incomprehensible. Glaciologists stripped Okjokull of its glacier status in 2014, a first for Iceland. In 1890, the glacier ice covered 6.2 square miles but by 2012, it measured just 7.5 square feet, according to a report from the University of Iceland from 2017. To have the status of a glacier, the mass of ice and snow must be thick enough to move by its own weight. For that to happen the mass must be approximately 130 to 165 feet thick.


08/19/2019 7:58 PMupdated: 08/20/2019 1:12 PM


  • Floris R.
    09/06/2019 13:40

    Yeah i agree with that,wee have to get together and share all this problem now.omg is not ok for what wee saw and what are wee doing sound not only us.

  • Cherryl P.
    08/25/2019 00:29


  • Tom S.
    08/24/2019 23:09

    Can someone tell me why the oceans are not rising, the Florida keys look like they did a hundred years ago.

  • Eveyra E.
    08/22/2019 11:24

  • Ben P.
    08/22/2019 02:23

    Fake news

  • Yvonne E.
    08/22/2019 00:01

    Imagine future scientists finding that plague hundreds of years from now. Imagine them trying to imagine us now. How we ruined the planet, and how we desperately tried to save it.😥

  • Chris R.
    08/21/2019 20:50

    Let me guess ....someone is at fault ....

  • Chris R.
    08/21/2019 20:50

    Omg ....still ? Really ....

  • Jonathan S.
    08/21/2019 08:32

    Im shocked. Iceland a volcanic island which is active and the Okjökull glacier which sits on top of an active volcano, who would have thunk it would disappear???

  • Sebastian T.
    08/21/2019 08:09

    Where the World is going 😲😔

  • Adam H.
    08/21/2019 00:34

    At a time when glaciers around the world are expanding, an Icelandic glacier on top of a volcano melts and your first go-to is "climate change"?

  • Debra V.
    08/20/2019 12:29

    Buy this trump!!!

  • Debra V.
    08/20/2019 12:29


  • Sahreen K.
    08/20/2019 09:17

    This really need attention

  • Shakeer
    08/20/2019 08:14

    End is near😢😭 Please save earth🌎 Please start the process to bring awareness and shut down the monster factories causing pollution 🙏

  • Andy S.
    08/20/2019 07:31


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    08/20/2019 06:23


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    08/20/2019 03:32


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    08/20/2019 03:27


  • Mariajose G.
    08/20/2019 01:37

    speaking of