Forests are by far the most important ecosystems on our planet because they are home to the greatest biodiversity. They are the natural dress of our earth. In addition to climate change, the destruction of global forest ecosystems is the greatest ecological disaster of our time and is in direct interaction with it. Deforestation leads to global warming and this in turn leads to further forest loss.
We are in the age of the sixth major mass extinction. Never in the past 65 million years since the disappearance of dinosaurs have so many species become extinct as they do today. But for the first time, a single species - we - is responsible for extinction. Species loss is closely linked to the destruction of forests, because most animal and plant species live here. Maintaining global biodiversity is the most important topic of our foundation's work.
Even today, numerous indigenous peoples and small, local village communities live in the remaining jungle areas and forest regions of the world. They are often sold in order to use the forests economically, to cut them down or to convert them into plantations. Supporting the forest peoples in their fight for the protection of forests is an important contribution to maintaining biodiversity and mitigating the onset of the climate catastrophe and a central concern of our foundation.
However, this can only succeed if as many people as possible in the richer industrial nations, especially in the West, actively participate in the efforts of indigenous peoples and others. Participate or support organizations to protect forests and conserve biodiversity. Part of our work is therefore to provide information, especially in Germany, about these topics and to build active circles and groups of supporters. For this purpose, we hold educational events, give lectures and hold exhibitions in order to make the topic accessible to as many people as possible.......
"Questions, more than answers, are the path to collective wisdom"
Daniel Christian Wahl
Our work deals with questions
- How can the worldwide destruction of forests and the associated loss of biodiversity be stopped?