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Icelandic officials and activists held a funeral Sunday for a glacier declared extinct a decade ago.

About 100 people, including activists, officials, and children, hiked for two hours on Sunday in order to perform a memorial service for the extinct Okjokull – a glacier which Icelandic geologist Oddur Sigurðsson declared extinct about ten years ago, according to The Associated Press.

Sigurðsson brought a death certificate with him for the glacier, dubbed  “Ok.”

The crowd held a memorial service for the glacier marked by poems, moments of silence, and speeches.

Children put a memorial plaque on the glacier which read, “This monument is to acknowledge that we know what is happening and what needs to be done. Only you know if we did it.”

The glacier used to cover six miles of ground and is the first of Iceland’s glaciers to dissapear. Sigurdsson said that all of Iceland’s glaciers will be gone within 200 years, according to NBC.

“I know my grandchildren will ask me how this day was and why I didn’t do enough,” seventeen year old Gunnhildur Hallgrimsdottir said, according to NBC.

“We see the consequences of the climate crisis,” said Icelandic Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir, according to NBC. “We have no time to lose.”

The prime minister added that she will make climate change a priority when she meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Nordic leaders on Tuesday.

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