A new party formally entered Iceland’s political landscape yesterday: Íslandshreyfingin – lifandi land (“Iceland’s Movement – living land”). The party is led by reporter and environmentalist Ómar Ragnarsson.
“Our goal is first and foremost to enlarge the green movement in parliament,” Ragnarsson said at the party’s inaugural meeting in Reykjavík yesterday, Fréttabladid reports.
“In 1908 the elections were about Iceland’s independence, in 1971 about the fishing limits and now, in 2007, the elections are about the country itself,” Ragnarsson said.
Ragnarsson emphasized that Iceland’s Movement was “green all the way through” and prepared to fight for the protection of nature and the environment. He said it was necessary to put a stop to the government’s policy on heavy industry.
The party’s vice-chairman is Margrét Sverrisdóttir, the former manager of the Liberal Party. She said: “We are now starting this journey with Ómar and we are confident that people are ready to join us.”
Musician and producer Jakob Frímann Magnússon is a member of the party’s management. At the meeting he said it was important to modernize agriculture in Iceland and focus more on culture.
Other party members include visual artist and tour guide Ósk Vilhjálmsdóttir, physician Svavar Sigurbjörnsson and police officer Snorri Sigurjónsson.