Björk and the rock band Sigur Rós will hold a free outdoor concert in Reykjavík on June 28.
The artists perform to increase awareness of the nature. “We are destroying the image of Iceland by building more aluminum factories” Björk told Morgunbladid.
Börk, Sigur Rós, Ólöf Arnalds and foreign artists will perform in an outdoor concert to be held in the Botanical Garden in Laugardalur Reykjavík on June 28.
“Neither me nor the guys from Sigur Rós are nature experts and no politicians either, but we travel a bunch and we know a lot about the image of Iceland abroad. We are very far behind in the field of Green thinking. I went to South America for two months and there I saw paupers recycle. We cannot be 30 years behind […] we should be leading the way.” Björk told Morgunbladid.
According to Björk, the image of Iceland is being destroyed by the number of aluminum factories. “If they build an aluminum factory in Helguvík, it will be the first thing tourists see when they arrive in Iceland [at Keflavík airport] then they will drive past [The aluminum factory in] Straumsvík on the way to Reykjavík. That is just like shooting yourself in the leg. This is bad for your future as a green country and for the tourism. It is also bad for Icelandic artists who are aiming at international success, because we are trying to promote the image of purity, clean nature and our relation to nature” Björk says.
Björk says she has thougt of an outdoor concert for a while. “I’ve been keeping up with international environment protection and I’ve wanted to make some input. […] I’m not against dams and aluminum factories but there are so many other green options.
Björk says it is important to be optimistic in environment protection. “The battle for the nature often gets so intense and negative, we don’t want to do that. We are not going to say what should be forbidden and what not. We are simply going to ask “What about the other options?” The 21st century won’t be the age of oil, but an age of recycling, green thinking and co-operation with nature” Björk said.
any icelandic ontd-ers? :o