Memorial for the Lost Glacier, Okjökull,
World’s first monument of it’s kind

On August 18th, a public memorial for the lost glacier, Okjökull, in Borgarfjörður, Iceland, will be held. This will be the world’s first monument of its kind, but it definitely won’t be the last glacier to be stripped of its title as a glacier. In hopes to bring awareness to the glaciers melting due to climate change, the nation decided to take a different approach by creating a memorial.

This glacier will be memorialized by a plaque in Icelandic and English, which will read:

“Ok [Okjökull] 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 what needs to be done. Only you know if we did it.”

Land of Fire and Ice:

Known as, “land of fire and ice,” because of its intense mix of volcanoes and glaciers, Iceland is seeing a major change due to climate change. In 2014, the glacier, Okjökull, was stripped from having the title of glacier, now becoming the first to be publicly memorialized for not being a glacier anymore. Scientists determined this by the ice not being heavy enough to fully sink itself.

Photo of Okjokull Glacier

Photo credit: Dominic Boyer and Cymene Howe

The Geologist who first discovered that Okjökull Glacier was “… heading for complete melting,” was Oddur Sigurðsson. Ten percent of Iceland is covered in Glaciers, but that is due to change soon because of the temperature increasingly getting warmer. According to Oddur Sigurðsson, the Icelandic Met Office confirmed ten glaciers were lost between the time frame of 2000 and 2017, he told Newsweek. Oddur Sigurðsson is expecting that Hofsjökull (third largest glacier in Iceland) will be the next to go.

Why skyn ICELAND wants to bring awareness to the loss of glaciers:

At skyn ICELAND, we depend on the functionality and well being of Iceland’s natural resources. But, most importantly, our inspiration comes from the purity of Iceland’s nature. We absolutely can’t imagine a world without Iceland’s mineral rich waters, antioxidant powered berries, soothing algae and mosses and immune boosting angelica archangelica. These potent naturals allow us to create products that we do.

Do YOU know of any organizations that WE can become more involved with?

We are always looking to become more involved in providing support for organizations that work towards bettering the environment.

Do you know of any organizations that we can get involved in? Comment or email us at cs@skyniceland.com, we would love to hear from you to see who we can join forces with to better the environmental crisis we are facing.

To learn more, click the link: Newsweek

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