F--k for Forest, other novel campaigns for environment
MANILA, Philippines – Let’s face it, we’re all screwed if we don’t take care of our environment.
That’s why a lot of us try to do our part in reducing the damage that we do to the Earth every day.
While most of us are occupied separating our biodegradable from our non-biodegradable trash, running miles in glorified fun runs, and teaching our kids to recycle their juice packs, some took environmental activism to a whole new level. They are raising awareness and saving the Earth in the craziest and most bizarre ways possible.
1. World Naked Bike Ride
The World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR), held in 70 cities and 20 countries, is an annual bike ride where participants bike naked together to ‘draw attention to oil dependency and the negative social and environmental impacts of a car dominated culture’.
2. Saving the world, one poem at a time
Rappers with advocacies have been there for a long time - Apl.de.ap promoting the Philippines, Gloc9 advocating just about anything, and Nikki Minaj celebrating her anaconda. But rapper-activist Richard Williams, more popularly known as Prince Ea, has recently gone viral with his new video featuring a spoken word poetry about saving the environment.
His video, entitled ‘Dear Future Generations: Sorry’ has already received millions of views on Youtube and Facebook. It is ‘an apology letter to future generations’ for the messed up environment they will inherit from the current generation.
Watch it below:
At the end of the video, he showed how we can help save the environment by donating to Stand For Trees, an organization dedicated to the conservation of the world’s trees.
3. Rotten butter bombs against poachers
Formed by Paul Watson, a former member of Greenpeace, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) was founded due to what Watson described as a ‘lack of more aggressive intervention from Greenpeace’.
The SSCS has gained notoriety all over the world for their aggressive interventions on whaling operations such as ramming other vessels, using limpet mines, and disabling commercial whaling vessels.
But they are most widely known for throwing bottles of butyric acid, or rotten butter, at whaling vessels. This acid has a very powerful odor that causes people to vomit. Nothing sends a message stronger than a stink bomb!
The crown for the most scandalous and unorthodox environmental activist group, however, goes to these folks:
4. F--k for forest
Yes, you read that right. Porn has gone green, too. Fuck For Forest is a Norwegian nonprofit organization that aims to raise cash to save the world’s rainforests - through porn.
The group first gained notoriety in 2004 in an outdoor music festival in Norway where the founding couple, Leona Johansson and Tommy Hol Ellingsen, went onstage during a band performance and had sex in front of 5,000 people with a banner that says they were ‘having sex to save the rainforest’.
Ridiculous? You’ll be surprised to know that the organization was able to make more than $100,000 for rainforest protection in its first year alone. Apparently, the organization earns funding through its ‘eco-porn’ website where subscribers pay $20 a month, and 80% of this money goes to projects for the preservation of the world’s rainforests.
There you have it folks, some of the most bizarre environmental protests ever made. So the next time you think about not throwing your garbage properly, think again. You might just have to go against these unconventional green advocates.
What other unorthodox campaigns for the environment do you know?
Happy Earth Day, everyone! – Rappler.com
Don Kevin Hapal recently graduated from Aquinas University of Legazpi, where he took up AB Communication. Formerly an intern, he now works as a Social Media Producer for Rappler.