ICELAND GLACIER IS NO MORE
18th August 2019
Last modified on August 10th, 2020
People have gathered to mark the demise of the Okjokull glacier. The 700 year old glacier has melted.
The Iceland Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir, environment minister Gudmundur Ingi Gudbrandsson and former Irish president Mary Robinson took part in the ceremony.
They laid a plaque that carries a letter to the future after the metling of the Okjokull glacier, know locally as the OK glacier.
We have reported on its demise in the past on PlanetSKI in Skiing Secrets on Wednesday 25th July:
The glacier was officially declared ‘dead’ in 2014 when it was not thick enough to flow.
“This is a big symbolic moment,” said the Icelandic author Andri Snaer Magnason to the BBC.
He wrote the dedication on the plaque.
“Climate change doesn’t have a beginning or end and I think the philosophy behind this plaque is to place this warning sign to remind ourselves that historical events are happening, and we should not normalise them.”
“We should put our feet down and say, okay, this is gone, this is significant.”
Read this story on the BBC for more details.
There is some skiing in Iceland and PlanetSKI was there back in 2015 as we toured the island by boat:
Iceland’s glaciers are losing around 10 billion tons of ice every year.
It is feared all 400 of them may follow OK’s extinction.
Once again the issue of climate change has provoked reaction over on the PlanetSKI Facebook page: