Fucking for Forests

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Fucking for Forests

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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n 2014, my boyfriend, Tarun, was on a cycling trip in Oslo, Norway, when he encountered something in the Nordmarka forest. It was a butt-naked couple on a tree branch, doing it in the 69 position. He began to cycle away frantically, but then realised that privacy was the last thing they wanted. There was an entire film set behind them.

It turned out to be a session for “Fuck for Forest”, the world’s first ecological porn initiative, started in Norway in 2004. Members are charged for access to photo shoots and videos of people having sex in natural surroundings, and the money is donated to endangered rainforests in Peru, Brazil, and other countries. Oddly enough, the filmmakers weren’t rainbow-loving hippies, but rather dedicated ecological activists offering a “green alternative to commercial erotic entertainment”. The whole movement was obscure, but gained more recognition after it was the subject of an indie documentary, Fuck for Forest, made by the filmmaker Michal Marczak. And once they became embroiled in a public sex scandal, they received sizeable donations every month.

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