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The BUND in Freiburg / Germany: The BUND in our neighbourhood

BUND Regionalverband Suedlicher Oberrhein
Friends of the Earth in Freiburg

The blue planet. We don’t have to fly into space to see how beautiful earth is. Beautiful, sensitive and endangered. The earth needs to have friends. People committing themselves to nature and environment. In Germany about 585,000 people are associated with the BUND (Bund fuer Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland). About 15,000 members in the area "Suedlicher Oberrhein" around Freiburg (between Achern and Muellheim, a distance of nearly 100 kilometers) are supporting our association in view of urgent environmental problems by non-profit work for the rescue of our natural resources.

The BUND in our neighbourhood
Our strength lies in our presence in the numerous little communities of the region. In the counties "Ortenaukreis", "Emmendingen", "Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald" and Freiburg are 36 active BUND groups also working together with other environmental associations in France and Switzerland. Following the purposes of our regional statute many kinds of practical work are done here:
  • wild-life preservation
  • protection of birds, bats and amphibians
  • info-work on environmental issues
  • environmental education of kids and teenagers
  • official comments on environmentally hazardous plannings
  • protesting against nuclear power stations
  • preventing the abuse of genetical manipulations
  • supporting the consumer protection and the consumer counseling
  • preventing unrestained drain on land resources

To our local groups the endangered tree in the community and the last bat habitat in town are as important as the threatened whales in the oceans. Thinking globally and acting locally is our slogan. Any toad being taken over the street, any biotope protected by our actions means a success. This passion for little creatures distinguishes the local work of the BUND from that of other associations like Greenpeace. One additional part of our work is environmental education at the BUND Oekostation. You will find a lot of information about our work in German on this homepage.

Environmental problems in our own backyard
Our home lying in between the Rhine and the Black Forest is beautiful. There are still orchid meadows, rare kingfishers in the "Wyhler Rheinauen", silent woods. We are pleased to have our regional office in the Environmental capital ("Oekohauptstadt") Freiburg, because the BUND has helped actively to achieve this "title" for Freiburg. However, Oekohauptstadt Freiburg doesn’t mean: "Forward to ecology and future-oriented thinking". Oekohauptstadt Freiburg means that the world-wide destruction processes runs off here more slowly than elsewhere. But also here nature is getting pushed back: areas for the retreat of endangered species are getting diminished. This is likewise dangerous for life-quality of human beings – the region "Suedlicher Oberrhein" becomes urbanized, the consumption of surface explodes. Environmental problems increase. In the neighbouring Elsass a heavy-industry zone arises along the Rhine polluting the environment. The fractures in the nuclear power station "Fessenheim" grow and in Switzerland an ultimate nuclear waste disposal is to be built at the High Rhine. At the European North-South arterial road we experience the problems of a society that lives above its needs and hazards its own future. That has got to change.

Environmental protection without social equity and without respect for the human rights can not exist. Many of the environmental problems in our region have their roots in the process of globalization. Therefore our central task is to show sustainable and future-oriented development models and to realize them because unlimited growth destroys limited systems.

BUND Germany
The BUND is the German branch of Friends of the Earth. Founded in 1975 as a federation of pre-existing regional groups the BUND has its origins in the nature conservation movement. Today we are one of the most powerful environmental organisations in Germany. The 460,000 BUND members and supporters (active in about 2,200 local and regional groups) are working on all of today´s major environmental issues and so the BUND is a well recognized lobbyist with a high media profile and carries out specific topic-based campaigns every year to promote nature protection, the practical merits of Germany´s ecological tax reform or the necessity to change common agricultural policy. Our diverse local groups also allow us to mobilize mass support on the national level when necessary. Internationally the BUND works on climate policy and has also its own youth branch, BUNDjugend, which consists of young people up to the age of 25 carrying out their own projects and campaigns.
Axel Mayer

Freiburg & Environment: Ecological Capital – Environmental Capital – Solar City - Sustainable City - Green City?
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