REQUIEM FOR A GLACIER
 

Whether it’s pressing home matters (In my case, running maintenance and repairs on a home and garden approaching their 100th birthday.); or the likely impact of the proposal by Unite to bring another 600+ students into a neighbourhood already dominated by students (Unite Release Plans to Build New 620 Bed Student Accommodation on Derby Road) and what, if anything, can be done about it; or the seemingly never-ending political chaos in this (dis) United Kingdom; or the potential for more than enough confrontations in the wider world to add to that chaos, it's far too easy to dismiss climate change as another example of ‘false news’, or for it to be something so remote and so complex that it slips under the radar.

Personally, I don’t dismiss the impact the human species is having on this planet as false news, but, unless as happened earlier today when I came across a  BBC news story by Toby Luckhurst (Sunday 18 August 2019), I tend to let the whole problem slip into the same mental compartment where I file all those matters which are either truly insoluble or which I just feel helpless to even begin to deal with.

The story is titled ‘Iceland’s Okjukull glacier commemorated with plaque’ and it explains that after some 700 years, the Okjukull Glacier in Iceland has been reduced to a small patch of ice on top of a volcano. It is no longer thick enough to move and was officially declared dead in 2014. The commemorative plaque reads:

 

Ok is the first Icelandic glacier to lose its status as glacier.
"In the next 200 years all our main 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.”

 

It is dated August 2019, and gives the concentration of carbon dioxide in the air as 415 ppm.

There is nothing I want to add to this other than to say that this link will take you to Toby Luckhurst's article.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-49345912

Please read it.