Iceland Builds A Monument To Commemorate The Glaciers That Have Disappeared Due To Climate Change
Iceland plans to build a plaque to commemorate the first OK Glacier (Okjokull) that has disappeared due to climate change. In Iceland, which is located in the sub-Arctic, there are about 400 glaciers that are threatened by climate change.
Icelandic researchers advocating the project and their colleagues at Rice University announced today (July 23) that they will unveil the commemorative plaque for the OK Glacier on August 18.
Cymene Howe, an associate professor of anthropology at Rice University, said in a statement: "This will be the first monument in the world to remember the disappearance of glaciers due to climate change."
Hou Ai also said: "We hope to attract attention from the loss of the Earth's glacier death by marking the disappearance of the OK Glacier."
The researchers hope that the monument, called "A letter to the future," will evoke the world's awareness of the effects of glacial decline and climate change.
This plaque reads: "In the next 200 years, all the glaciers here will probably be on the same road. The purpose of this monument is to recognize that we know what is going on today and what action is needed. Only the future You know, we have done it."
The monument is also engraved with the words 415 ppm CO2, which means that the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has reached a new high in May this year, reaching 415 ppm (415 parts per million).
Glaciers lowered the level of the OK Glacier in 2014, and the OK Glacier was Iceland's first glacier to lose its status as a glacier.
According to a study published by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in April, if greenhouse gases continue to be emitted at current rates, nearly half of the glaciers that are among the world's natural heritage will disappear by 2100 years ago.