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Iceland holds funeral for its first lost glacier
Updated: 2019-08-19 09:30:25 KST
It was a funeral for a glacier.
Icelandic officials and climate change activists gathered at the site on Sunday local time where the 700 year-old Okjokull Glacier used to cover 15 square kilometers.
The attendees said goodbye to the lost glacier with poems, a moment of silence and speeches about the pressing need to fight global climate change.

"We are seeing the faces of climate crisis differently around the world, but it's the same crisis. And we need international cooperation on an unprecedented scale. We really need to rethink the way we are working to meet this challenge."

During the ceremony, a memorial plaque was installed to raise awareness of climate change and call for urgency.
With the title "A letter to the future" the plaque reads "This monument is to acknowledge that we know what is happening and what needs to be done."

"We do hope that this idea, quirky as it is, of creating a memorial to a fallen glacier, is something that other people use as inspiration in their communities as well."

Satellite photos provided by NASA show just how much ice has melted in the span of 33 years since 1986.

"Now there are 250-270 left which will perish in the next decades and a couple of centuries."

Iceland's Prime Minister said she will make the climate crisis a priority at Tuesday's meeting with Nordic leaders and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Iceland's capital.
Kan Hyeong-woo, Arirang News
Reporter : hwkan@arirang.com