Do Not Lose What We Hold Dearest!
I am not a scientist, nor statesman. I am not a tradesman or vegetarian. I do have experience in being an Icelander living abroad, and believe I can give perspective on where Iceland stands on a global scale.
Iceland has an unbelievably unique status in the world today. Just coming out from 600 years of colonial subjugation, we missed the Industrial Revolution and took a road consisting of an unusual blend of stubbornness, over-achieving self-sufficiency and luck � to land on both feet, safe and sound � independent. We are today one of the richest lands in the world, with unbelievable nature in one hand and unbelievable technology in the other.
Many Asian countries missed much of the Industrial Revolution, industrial consolidation and pollution, then rapidly spun upwards into high technology, barefoot on the beach with a mobile and a laptop. They didn�t sacrifice their land, perhaps not by their own choice but as always there came which has qualities to transform obstacles and hardship into a windfall.
It�s All In Our Hands. We have suffered enough for hundreds of years and now when the harvest is right in front of us, need to use it. Countries such as Germany would pay astronomical amounts to get their Nature back, if they could.
We Have It!
We stand at the crossroads. That which holds man to sacrifice nature in order to become a technologically modern country is an obsolete idea. It is dangerous to utilise energy resources without ruining the treasures, dangerous to prostitute the environment. Ultimately, preservation is often the most effective use of Nature.
Now I must emphasise: I am NOT against the project! There are simply so many types of projects. Those that work with nature and those working against it.
There are other ways than building a giant project and reservoir for the aluminium plant.
I think an enormous potential really incapacitates the country�
Icelanders have too much of an inferiority complex about their place in the world.
We still think like colonial subjects and believe independence is building a workstation for foreigners. We don�t need to let the Europeans tell us how to be a European country. We can figure that out ourselves because we know the place in which we live in.
We still have to be a unified nation. Because the biggest self-esteem and self-security a person has truly is through collaboration and unity.
Our Nature is our special place. With her we are invincible, without her we lose our trump card.
We have the basis for one of the most beautiful national parks in the world, completely untouched.
A national park � a nature conservatory � would create hundreds of jobs on the East Coast of Iceland A national park would also increase the country�s reputation and become a symbol of pride for Iceland as Big Ben is for London, The Eiffel Tower is for Paris or The Empire State Building is for New York City. The national park is an opportunity.
I know that our children, our grand children, and great-grandchildren will �profit� much more (both emotionally and financially) with Nature, not without. The power plant is really then a selfish, egotistical, short-term solution.
Lots of Love to All of You.
(The preceding was written in last week's Morgunbladid, Iceland's largest daily. Feel free to distribute this to your contacts)
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