Around 100 people, including Iceland's Prime Minister, Katrín Jakobsdóttir and former UN human rights commissioner Mary Robinson, among researchers and scholars who organised the event, hiked for two hours to reach the site where the remnants of what was once Okjokull lay. Many were sporting protest signs demanding action against against climate change and looking towards environmental activists for inspiration.
The sobering event took place days after scientists announced that July was the hottest month ever recorded. With world leaders refusing to recognise climate change as a threat to all life on earth and the planet itself, many more funerals for life as we know it, seem inevitable.
The site now has a plaque there that reads both in English and Icelandic:
“A letter to the future: Ok is the first Icelandic glacier to lose its status as a glacier. 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 know what needs to be done. Only you know if we did it.”