Iceland has marked the loss of its first glacier by holding a funeral to raise awareness about the impact of climate change both now and in the future.
The ceremony, which was attended by the country’s Prime Minister among others, took place on the site of the former Okjökull glacier and included the mounting of a plaque holding a ‘letter to the future’.
“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,” it reads.
The news comes ahead of the Climate Action Summit in New York next month, which will be attended by founder of the global ‘youth for climate’ movement and Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg.
Thunberg is currently halfway through a two-week journey by yacht to the US, where she will address conference sessions in New York before travelling down to the UN’s climate conference in Santiago in early December.
She was offered a space on the 18-metre zero-carbon racing yacht due to her pledge to avoid flying.
Speaking to the press before setting sail from Plymouth, Thunberg said her primary goal was to raise awareness among the public and urge them to put pressure on those in power, the Guardian reported.