Björk: Iceland Must Heal Itself

Singer rails against more aluminum smelters on island, pushes self-reliance
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Oct 28, 2008 4:25 PM CDT

(Newser) – Given Iceland’s economic crisis, it would be madness to add to the country’s dependence on aluminum smelters, native singer Björk writes in the Times of London. In addition to environmental damage, lessons learned from the collapse of Iceland’s fishing industry should warn against putting “all our eggs in the same basket.” “If the price of aluminum falls—as it is doing—it would be catastrophic,” she writes.

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“Usually I don't notice politics. I live happily in the land of music-making. But I got caught up in it because politicians seem bent on ruining Iceland's natural environment,” the singer notes. Instead of building more smelters, the country should rely on its penchant for “fearlessness” in innovation. “Let's use this economic crisis to become totally sustainable,” supporting smaller, greener companies, Björk writes. (Read more Bjork stories.)

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