Björk To Sky News: Redneck Politicians Want To Erase The Highlands - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Björk To Sky News: Redneck Politicians Want To Erase The Highlands

Published December 12, 2015

Main photo by
Timothée Lambrecq

Björk has appeared on Sky News speaking out about industrialisation, climate change and the Protect The Park campaign (learn more about that here).

“I’m an optimist,” she said, of the wider environmental battle. “I feel we have enough people who believe in this, and we have the green tech and the know how to make this change – so nature and technology and humans can all live together. But making that shift is what’s so difficult, and it always seems to stop in bureaucracy.”

Björk also talked about how Icelandic nature plays a large role in her own artistic process, saying: “Most of my melodies I write on hikes in the highlands, and I feel like I need to give back to that. Over 80% of Icelanders feel the highlands should be untouched, and want the national park… it’s a minority of redneck politicians – the Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance especially – who are trying to erase the highlands. I feel like a spokesperson for the common Icelander who wants to keep Iceland as it is.”

Hear the full interview below.

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