My name is Lovisa. I am 23 years old and I live in Gothenburgh, Sweden. There, or here, I study environmental science and will hopefully continue to studies in human ecology.
I tend to and like spend quite some time to reflect about states/issues/situations that appear around me. I figured out it could be nice to write some of this down, and share it with you. I have no goal or bucketlist of subjects to embrace. I just have a lot of thougts that circulate, as most of us do! Often it has to do with interactions between people, or groups of people that I witness. Often it has to do with environmental problems, and how we as a local-regional-global society deal with them. Could this fit in the studies called "human ecology"?
Sweden have so far welcomed people here and the support for the refugees has been huge. This is amazing to watch. All of a sudden, it seemed like we were awakened and in some way confronted with a new reality.
But, here I would like to stop for a second, so that to make sure that we don't forget parts of the past. Sometimes, I think this happens to us in our fast moving society. We easily forget, not conciously, but still we do.
Back to the gut feeling. Standing there, in the crowd, I felt happy that I could do such a little thing as showing my support, but at the same time I felt as if I had forgotten something. It was as if I was not being fully true to myself, or as if I had stepped away from the big picture for a while. But the beggers walking around in the crowd reminded me. We can't forget about the poor people that we see in the streets everyday. It is easy to do when the media choose to focus more on one group than another. The refugee crisis has been all over the media for the last weeks. It should not at all loose its importance, it has to stay important. It has to be in the media. But just as much as we focus on helping the refugees coming, we must not forget about the poor romani people, who beg in the streets here. They are, as I wrote before, a discriminated minority, and we can't let it stay this way. We have to remember them. We have to show them as much support as we show the refugees. We can't forget about them, just because they are a minorty, or just because media tend to put the majority of its focus on one crises.
Let's try to remember and see everyone. Say hi, smile, give something. It doesn't cost. I will try - let's try together.
Love and peace,