Fuck for Forest

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Fuck for Forest
Fuck for Forest (emblem).jpg
Founder(s)Tommy Hol Ellingsen, Leona Johansson
Headquarters
Area servedNorway, Latin America
Focus(es)Environmentalism
Method(s)Activism[clarification needed]
WebsiteFuck for Forest
 
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Fuck for Forest
Fuck for Forest (emblem).jpg
Founder(s)Tommy Hol Ellingsen, Leona Johansson
Headquarters
Area servedNorway, Latin America
Focus(es)Environmentalism
Method(s)Activism[clarification needed]
WebsiteFuck for Forest
Activists at Karneval der Kulturen (Carnival of Cultures) in Berlin, 2008
Founder of Fuck for Forest, Tommy Hol Ellingsen

Fuck for Forest, or FFF, is a non-profit environmental organisation founded in 2004 in Norway by Leona Johansson and Tommy Hol Ellingsen. It has a website where it publishes videos and photographs of people having sex, and charges a membership fee to view this content. This money is donated to charity: to the cause of rescuing the world's rainforests.[1][2]

History[edit]

In 2004, its first year of existence, the organisation's website netted over $100,000 for rain forest protection through the sale of paid memberships.[1] In its first six months of existence the group received seed funding from the government of Norway.[1][2][3] It is the world's first eco-porn organization.[2] However, the organisation's unorthodox methods have made it difficult to distribute the money it makes. The Norwegian chapter of the Rainforest Foundation Fund[2] as well as the World Wide Fund for Nature both in the Netherlands[2] and in Norway have refused to accept donations from FFF.[1] As a result, Fuck for Forest is working on a project to work directly with indigenous communities in Costa Rica and the Brazilian Amazon rainforest.[1]

Controversy[edit]

The group gained notoriety when two of its members had sexual intercourse on stage during a 2004 Quart Festival concert featuring Norwegian singer Kristopher Schau and his band The Cumshots, after delivering a brief talk on the impact humans have on forests.[2] The group then faced legal action as a result (including a fine imposed on the group after its male member dropped his pants in a Kristiansand, Norway, courtroom), and consequently moved its headquarters to Berlin, Germany.[1][3]

On 2 June 2011, Fuck for Forest was covered in Dagbladet when some members of the group simulated intercourse in Oslo Cathedral during Mass. The leader of Oslo Bishopry told Dagbladet that the stunt makes him "sad on behalf of those who did it."[4] Two of the people performing in the Cathedral were by Oslo District Court to pay fines 9000 and 7500 kroner for indecent behavior and outraging public decency («seksuelt krenkende og uanstendig adferd»), and also to pay 2 000 kroner each for the trial cost.[5]

Film[edit]

The 2006 documentary film Fuck was released during the Cannes Film Festival (though not as a part of the festival). The poster for the film showed FFF onstage during the Quart Festival incident. The film sought to explore artists who experiment with modes of expression that challenge prevailing social mores.[6]

A feature-length cinema documentary entitled Fuck for Forest was released in 2012. The film, directed by Michał Marczak, is a narrative-driven story that loosely revolves around the group's environmental projects, but focuses on subjects like sexuality, contemporary lifestyles, western morals and cultural variants of human perception.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Dicum, Gregory (April 13, 2005). "Eco-porn: Great Sex For A Good Cause". San Francisco Chronicle. Hearst Communications. Retrieved October 25, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Harris, Lissa (October 6, 2004). "Norwegian Wood. Porn activists go all the way to save the rainforest". Grist. Retrieved October 27, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Dalrymple, Theodore (August 26, 2005). "Ethical Pornographers?". City Journal. Retrieved October 25, 2010. 
  4. ^ kl.10:02 (2009-08-18). "Blir mest trist - nyheter". Dagbladet.no. Retrieved 2013-03-22. 
  5. ^ Verdens Gang - Fikk 15 500 i bot for sex-stunt i kirke
  6. ^ Karlsen, Morten Ø.; Johnsen, Vibeke (May 21, 2006). "Fuck for Forest i Cannes". Nettavisen (in Norwegian). Retrieved October 27, 2010. 

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