I am active in Helsingborg’s divers club Delfinen, and we pick up trash from the ocean floor at least once a year. Most divers pick up trash regularly when we are out diving anyway. Bikes, barbeques, soda cans… there’s all sorts there. Some of it is thrown in and some blows in. Many people don’t care so much about the sea, it’s just boring green water. But the ocean is the cradle of life, where oxygen is created that allows us to feel healthy on land. I find it fascinating.
Pixla Piren is a fantastic place that the city has opened up for the city’s residents. Here, my diver friends and I meet creative people from different cultures and of all ages. I created a piece of art in the ocean there, using trash that I found and put together on the ocean floor. It’s called “For whom”, and my desire is for it to awaken ideas about who the ocean if there for. I’ve received a lot of response to this. People think it’s tragic but also interesting.
We need to be better at taking care of the ocean, and I’m convinced that this needs to be done through knowledge. I have a lot of ideas about how to do this, and the city is listening to me. At the moment, several ideas focused on marine environments are being tested within the framework for H22. I think it’s impressive how the city is open to the ideas of the city’s people.
I hope that more people get involved. We who live and work here need to go from being problem-finders to problem-solvers, and find concrete ideas and solutions together. I think that H22 will have a huge impact – I get butterflies in my stomach when I think about it.