(LifeNews) The priorities of Iceland’s political leaders are all messed up.
The small European nation recently drew international scrutiny for its nearly 100-percent abortion rate for unborn babies diagnosed with Down syndrome.
The deadly discriminatory practice drew massive outrage from across the world, but Iceland lawmakers did not react by passing protections for unborn babies. Quite the opposite, earlier this year, they voted to expand abortions.
Then, on Sunday, Prime Minister Katrin Jokobsdottier joined other political leaders, scientists and environmental activists to hold a “funeral” for a melting glacier, The Connect News reports.
The Okjökull, or Ok, glacier in Borgarfjörður, Iceland, was estimated to be about 700 years old. Environmental activists described it as the first casualty in the climate change crisis and warned that more glaciers soon could disappear as well.
“We have to accept that what is happening is not right,” Jokobsdottier said. “It has to be stopped. All the necessary steps need to be taken for this.”
The government paid to erect a bronze plaque at the site of the “dead” glacier, according to the report. It reads, in part: “Ok is the first Icelandic 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.”
Nonprofit Quarterly reports NASA has monitored the glacier since 1901 when it measured 38 square kilometers; five years ago, geologist Oddur Sigurðsson said the glacier had almost completely melted and was dead.
About 100 people participated in the ceremony, including a group of children who helped install the plaque, the AP reports.
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[Editor’s Note: This article was written by Micaiah Bilger. It was originally published at LifeNews, image and title changed.]
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