In a Vanity Fair interview, published Saturday, Icelandic musician Björk voices her fear that if the Icelandic government’s plans realize, within five or ten years “there will be no more highlands.”
In the past 15 years, Björk has relentlessly fought to save the Icelandic highlands. Along with a group of other environmentalists, she would like to see the highlands designated as a national park.
Her main opponent is the government, which she says is intent on developing the highlands by constructing dams to further economic development.
In Björk’s words, “We have a very small but very greedy group of rednecks who want to privatize all the land in the highlands and just build. Right now they have planned 50 projects in the highlands.”
She describes her attachment to the country, which is her source of inspiration, “This is where I started writing my melodies. This is where I come from, what I’m made of. I feel I owe it to the highlands. That’s my personal story to fight them.”
A petition calling on the Icelandic government to establish a national park in Iceland’s highlands can be found here.
In a recent interview with Sky News, Björk called the Icelandic prime minister and the minister of finance “red neck politicians,” blaming them for “trying to erase the Icelandic highlands.”