A Plaque for the Future Generation

A Plaque for the Future Generation

Rice University

In Iceland, they have made a plaque that marks the melting of a glacier and this plaque comes with a message to the future generations.

The Okjökull glacier in western Iceland is the first one to melt in 2014 due to climate change.

a plaque about melted glacier

Scientists are predicting that in the next 200 years, Iceland’s 400 glaciers will meet the same fate. If the world will not take this phenomenon seriously.

The researchers from the Rice University in Houston, Texas, Icelandic author Andri Snær Magnason, and geologist Oddur Sigurðsson (who first declared the glacier’s lost status) will show the plaque to a public ceremony on August 18, 2019.

a plaque for future generations
Rice University

The plaque’s text begins, “A letter to the future,” then reads:

“Okjökull is the first 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 will know if we did it. Ágúst 2019, 415ppm CO2”

A Plaque of Warning

The message of the plaque is simple, it is to warn us all. The “415ppm CO2” refers to the current carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere, which are now the highest in human history. 

Climate scientists around the world have been repeatedly reminding us. However, there are political, economic interests and conspiracy theories that make the crisis looks like a hoax.

a plaque of iceland glacier

Anthropologists Cymene Howe and Dominic Boyer of Rice University, hopes that the memorial will raise awareness about Iceland’s glaciers and the impact of climate change is causing on the planet.


“This will be the first monument to a glacier lost to climate change anywhere in the world,” 

“By marking Okjökull’s meltdown, we hope to draw attention to what is being lost as Earth’s glaciers perish. These bodies of ice are the largest freshwater reserves on the planet and frozen within them are histories of the atmosphere. They are also important cultural forms that are full of significance.”

“One of our Icelandic colleagues put it very wisely when he said, ‘Memorials are not for the dead; they are for the living,'”

“With this memorial, we want to emphasize that it is up to us, the living, to collectively respond to the rapid loss of glaciers and the ongoing impacts of climate change. For Okjökull glacier it is already too late; it is now what scientists call ‘dead ice.'”

Cymene Howe, anthropologist

We hope that people will start believing that Global Warming is true. We must act now before its too late.

You can help raise awareness of the planet’s situation by sharing this article to your friends and family. Let us save our planet not for us, but for the future generations to come.


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