“This country is like one big summerhouse”, said a Chinese man I know the other day. And it’s true, Sweden is a very calm country during summertime.
But there is one conflict which has managed to stay in the newspaper columns all through the lazy summer months, taking place in Sweden’s very summer paradise: The island of Gotland [map], where many Swedes spend their holidays among sandy beaches and picturesque houses.
Here, a limestone extraction company has been given the green light for starting a new quarry. Limestone has been extracted in Gotland for hundreds of years. This specific quarry, though, would be situated right between two Natura 2000 areas, Ojnareskogen, containing threatened species and protecting biodiversity on the island.
This made young people from the environment organisation Fältbiologerna skip their holiday plans and go to Gotland instead. Since early July they have been camping on the prospected land, where a forest management company has started clearing the forest for the future limestone quarry.