A demonstration took place at the former site of the glacier, which once spanned six square miles and has since been renamed as "Ok." Many Icelandic officials, activists and researchers came together to say goodbye and demand action towards fighting climate change. The mock funeral included poetry reading, moments of silence and political speeches. Attendees held up signs calling climate change a crisis and urging world leaders to declare it an emergency. A memorial plaque was installed at the site warning that "in the next 200 years all our glaciers are expected to follow the same path." Icelandic Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir said, "We have no time to lose." The former Irish President Mary Robinson also issued a statement and said, "The symbolic death of a glacier is a warning to us, and we need action."
- CBS News -