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10,000 Attend Bjork Concert To Protest Aluminum Smelter

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Performing at one of the largest gigs in Iceland’s history, singer Bjork urged fans to think green and make this century one that’s in greater harmony with nature. The event was organized to raise awarness of a proposed aluminum smelter in the country and its negative impact on the environment.

“Too often battles being fought for nature turn into something negative and into mudslinging,” she said. “We will not go that way, we are not saying that this and that is forbidden, we are rather asking ‘What about all these other possibilities?’ The 21st century is not going to be another oil century but rather a century where we need to recycle, think green and design both power plants and our surroundings in harmony with nature.”

Opponents of the smelter say that wilderness areas will be flooded and destroyed as a result of dams being built for geothermal and hydoelectric power for the installation — ironically, both clean sources of energy. The problem is — and as Bjork alludes — is that the smelter will not be built with ‘environmental harmony’ in mind. When a previous aluminum plant in Iceland went online in 2006, waterfalls disappeared, beautiful canyons dried up, and animals were displaced. In other words, Iceland is faced with the difficult decision of economic gain or environmental preservation.

10,000 people seem to think the latter is worth pursuing. Let’s hope the rest of the country cares enough to weigh in.

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