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“Eco-Sex” Activists ‘Fuck for Forest’ Make Love, Porn to Save the Earth

Fuck for ForestA group of ‘eco-sex activists’ is making and selling online access to amateur ‘ecoporn’ to raise money for and awareness of the earth’s endangered rain forests.

They call themselves Fuck for Forest (FFF), “an erotic, non-profit ecological organization” founded in 2004 in Norway by Tommy Hol Ellingsen and his Swedish partner Leona Johansson. The group has organized rain forest preservation projects in Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Peru as well as an effort to save the last remaining natural forests in Slovakia. According to Johansson, FFF has raised around €100,000 ($130,000) annually since its founding.

They’ve done this largely through producing and selling online access to homemade pornographic videos starring FFF members and volunteers. The videos range from fairly tame to full-on hardcore XXX-rated ‘ecoporn.’ FFF sees nothing wrong with this.

“Sex is often shown to attract us to buy all kind of bullshit products and ideas, so why not for a good cause?” the group’s website asks. “Everything FFF makes is based on real, non-profit, erotic adventures– for pleasure, excitement, freedom and nature. Saving the planet IS sexy! Why not get horny for a good cause?”

“Sexuality and sexual pleasure is one of our greatest gifts and an essential force of nature,” FFF’s ‘Love Manifest’ states. “Could it be that we reflect our relationship to our inner nature in how we connect to nature outside us?”

“All around the world we see the signs of humanity’s destructive behavior towards our home, the earth… How can we accept, by a society making war and nature destruction, that our bodies and sexuality are considered offensive?”

“[We are] hiding away some of the most positive facts of life, the information about sexuality and love, while we promote ideas about competition, jealousy, war and control…”

FFF members at work/play (Photo: Facebook)

FFF members at work/play (Photo: Facebook)

“Our bodies are criminalized, while the real criminals are free to make more restrictions and profit. They destroy our forests, air and water, and rape our planet’s natural resources through the industrialized chase for numbers. We turn on the television [and] see people killing each other. We see war, pollution and destruction of nature. And this is normal, even accepted.”

“At the same time, our bodies and sexuality are considered offensive, a threat to the world… Even a woman’s breast could be offensive…”

“Why not create a sex-positive culture, where sexuality and pleasure is celebrated? Should not a society of love embrace this? Did we somehow lose our connection to nature somewhere?…”

“Nature is not offensive. [Humans] are offending nature. Nature cannot be against the law. Nature IS the law. If we do not change our direction, and moral values, maybe we all have to face the consequences of our disconnection from the planet. Or are we already?”

While FFF sees nothing offensive about their unique brand of ‘eco-sex activism,’ plenty of others do. According to the Guardian, some of the group’s public displays of nudity and sexuality have landed members in trouble with the law. After Ellingsen and Johansson had sex onstage during a Norwegian music festival in 2007, they were tried for obscenity. During their trial, the couple showed up in court wearing children’s clothing embroidered with imagery of genitalia and Ellingsen dropped his pants to expose himself to reporters. In 2011, FFF members interrupted a church service in Oslo Cathedral with a naked protest that ended with clergy dragging them from the altar (video). This was no publicity stunt, but rather a show of solidarity with controversial pastor Einar Gelius, who had been forced to step down after publishing a sex-positive book titled “Sex in the Bible.”

Controversial: Fuck for Forest members interrupt an Oslo church service with their unique brand of activism.

Controversial: Fuck for Forest members interrupt an Oslo church service with their unique brand of activism.

Now FFF is the subject of a new documentary feature film by director Michal Marczak“F*ck for Forest” the film is an unflinching– and often unflattering– look at the group and it’s eyebrow-and-ire-raising, yet often quite effective, brand of activism. Trailer:

“A lot of aid workers [in the Amazon] seemed to have a kind of post-traumatic stress disorder, where they come in full of hope and full of Western money, then after a couple of years they feel depressed that there’s not a lot they can do to help,” Marczak told the Guardian. “In some cases, 80 percent of their money gets lost to middlemen before it reaches the people they’re trying to help.” But not FFF, the director says. “Their idea is to work with little eco-projects where they can oversee them and give money directly. In a sense, they’re doing it the right way.”

Fuck for Forest is certainly “doing it.” And while lots of people “do it” for lots of different reasons– reproduction, pleasure, power, self esteem, self-fulfillment, sheer boredom or even money, FFF is “doing it” to save the world. To some open-minded observers, their ‘ecoporn’ is the most noble smut ever made.

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