Group uses sex to save the planet

2014-06-15 15:00

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A group of dreadlocked hippies in Berlin is taking tree-hugging to the extreme in a project that raises cash through “ecoporn”.

The nonprofit organisation, F**k for Forest, raises money for environmental causes by selling home-made erotic films online, which feature themselves and guests they have recruited having sex behind trees in city parks or in cramped apartments.

Their “copulation for conservation” goals have not escaped censure and they have been rebuked by the World Wide Fund for Nature.

But they claim their efforts are paying off.

The organisation says it has raised more than R5.3?million in a decade, which was used to save trees in Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, Costa Rica and Slovakia.

“Sex often attracts us to buy all kinds of bulls**t, so why not use it for a good cause? Pimp your karma,” their website says.

The portal offers access to thousands of steamy photos and videos for a membership fee of R161. Access is free for those willing to share footage of their own raunchy acts.

Their exploits have been chronicled in a documentary that sparked attention at the Encounters Documentary Festival in Cape Town and Joburg this week.

The film, called F**k for Forest by Polish director Michal Marczak, follows Tommy (32), Leona (28), Natty (22) and Danny (23) from Berlin’s streets to the depths of the Amazon jungle, where, ironically, their charity is rejected.

Marczak says he was fascinated by the clash of cultures in the Amazon.

“The side commonly regarded as developed is exposed as more savage than the culture they are trying to help,” he says.

The NGO?–?which claims to be the world’s first ecoporn organisation?– was founded in Norway’s capital, Oslo, in 2004.

It initially received government funding, which was retracted when officials caught wind of their skin-bearing romps.

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