Ojnare Forest on the Swedish island of Grotland, supposedly the original homeland of the Goths, is one of the few remaining patches of ancient forest in Sweden. The forest comprises ancient pines growing above limestone bedrock, an unusual environment that is home to a great variety of animals and plants, many of them endangered and some found nowhere else. Wetlands, also with impressive biodiversity, border it. Plans were to turn the forest into a national park.
However, the mining company Nordkalk has spied a more lucrative opportunity. It wants to open an enormous lime quarry, which would destroy large areas of the forest and pollute the adjacent wetlands. The Supreme Court has to decide whether or not to accept a case against the mining proposal. If it doesn’t accept, this sets a dangerous precedent, putting the rest of Sweden’s remaining wilderness in danger.