The glacier called Okjokull, is the first in Iceland that fell prey to oblivion’s curse — courtesy, climate change — after the warmest July ever on record. Let’s face it—climate change is real, and it is happening right under our watch. By Kumar Shree
No matter how desperately we try to brush facts under the carpet, it will resurface to deliver the consequences of its negligence to mankind. After all, we are not doing enough to stop, slow down, or even tackle it when there’s still time at hand. A glimpse of what’s due in the future was recently seen in Iceland.
The north Atlantic volcanic island, recently lost an entire glacier—Okjokull to the effects of global warming. The glacier literally died a slow death at the hands of human actions accelerating climate change. The terrain, where Okjokull glacier once flourished in all its glory now lies barren. A bronze plaque mounted atop a bare rock sits there commemorating the deceased glacier.
The plaque reads
A letter to the future
Ok is the first Icelandic glacier to lose its status as a glacier.
In the next two hundred 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.
415 ppm CO2
The ‘Ágúst 2019’ refers to the month of August 2019, when this happened and ‘415 ppm CO2’ refers to the record level of carbon dioxide measured in the atmosphere in the month of May 2019.
Iceland’s prime minister, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, the former UN human rights commissioner Mary Robinson along with some researchers and a hundred locals gathered to install the bronze plaque and to send a message to the world. They urge the world to register the consequences of global warming and be prompt with measures to stop it before it’s too late. In respect to the event, scientists have warned of this being the first of many to come in the next 200 years, by when all the glaciers will melt as a result of global warming and climate change.