Bjork Calls for Support to Protect Iceland's Highlands
Fri, 06 Nov 2015 13:50:35
In a recent press conference at annual music festival Iceland Airwaves, Björk addressed the need to protect her country's highlands, "the largest area of untouched wilderness in Europe," under threat of development from the Icelandic government.
The renowned artist, who earlier this year cancelled her closing night appearance at the festival, was speaking on behalf of Gætum Garðsins, which means "Protect the Park," an awareness-raising coalition formed in response to the looming development plans.
"Icelanders have a deadline," Björk said in a video statement. "For 11 more days, they can go online and protest an overhead, high voltage power line that will be built across the whole island. Iceland has now the largest untouched nature in Europe. This would end that. The government has plans to build over 50 dams and power plants in this area and to start next year. This could end Iceland's wilderness in a few years. We propose to start a national park in our highlands. Surveys have already proved that the majority of Icelanders are behind this. We ask for the world to support us against our government."
As reported by Rolling Stone, Björk said she would "rather be at home writing songs," but, in an effort to raise international awareness and put pressure on the country's government, "I have decided to put all of my energy into Iceland. I can be more valuable here and get more done than if I tried to fly around the world and fight global warming."
Björk invites you to "sign the petition to help iceland stop the destruction of its wilderness. no matter where you're from, you can help!" at HeartOfIceland.org.
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The singer recently released a new acoustic, string-based version of her latest album, Vulnicura, titled Vulnicura Strings.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff
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