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Giraffe for Ecology and Climate Adaptation

A crowd-funding campaign by the Giraffe Heroes Foundation, Basel, commencing September 11th, 2020 at 10 am:

Campaign Text and Press Release

Giraffe Heroes for Ecology & Climate Adaptation

The Bees and Trees Initiative – Resilience Against Viruses and Other Ailments

Six personalities from Switzerland, Belgium and Spain join hands for a common cause: ecology and climate adaptation. With YOU, we want to support their fight and amplify their impact.

Nature – the common good, at risk – through exploitation and climate change. Therefor we engage for climate adaptation and the regeneration of a healthy environment: we start at community level and with practical skills, naturalizing villages with trees and plants, reinvigorating the bees, teaching the crafts and the arts necessary in our times. With YOUR HELP we can give this work greater impact and make it the start of a paradigm change. We are inviting you to come on board, be part of this struggle for the common goal, to keep the planet a human affair. We are:

  • André Wermelinger, Fribourg, Switzerland: engineer, reseacher and founder of FREETHEBEES, an NGO which puts the needs of bees before the wants of beekeepers . This project makes his achievements available for the First European Bee Reserve, Alpujarra, Spain.  
  • Hendrik Haers, Bassevelde, Belgium: a once veterinarian, Hendrik now devotes his talents to re-naturalize villages in a way that humans and nature can come together again in harmony. He specializes in fauna and flora alike including bees as a key element as well as putting emphasis on the proper planting of trees. This project will give him an audience not only in Belgium, but Switzerland and Spain alike.
  • Cosco – Louis de Cordier, Alpujarra, Spain: artist, explorer and social activist, Cosco is about to start the First European Bee Reserve with our help in an innovative way, high in the Spanish Sierra Nevada Mountains.
  • Chris Malins, Alpujarra, Spain: Chris is a teacher and researcher and has been developing holistic nature-based educational ideas for teachers and children for over a decade. He also has a specialist interest in tree morphology and overall his educational work focuses on the importance of experiential interactions with nature for kids and adults alike. With our help we enable him to put his knowledge to an international audience via a lecture series outlining his GreenTransitioning Program.
  • Dimi Dumortier, Rotselaar, Belgium: activist, artist, actor, film maker….. Dimi has produced extraordinary documentaries on shoestring budgets. His present project is the film Not Your Bee following his previous bee documentary about the issue with The Wild Bees that Keep Us. With our help Dimi will be able to document the work of this nascent movement “GECA: Giraffes for Ecology and Climate Adaptation”.
  • Tom A., Basel, Switzerland: founder of Giraffe Heroes Foundation (GHF) and initiator of the campaign. GHF identifies and commends people who Stick Their Neck Out for the common good and coordinates their efforts to increase impact where possible – and this is what THIS campaign is about.

This campaign shall be the first in a series of events through which a wider audience shall be brought into the fold of a growing movement for a healthier, more resilient environment. In today’s society nature needs our help as much as we are dependent on nature. All the Giraffe Heroes above work on creating awareness for the possibility as well as necessity to benefit from and contribute to a nature in harmony with society, where society heals with a healing nature. We hope you will join and SEE YOU SOON!

Over the course of the coming six weeks we shall present you with details of all the individual works in progress.We hope you will want to support us and we invite you to become a part of our network, the Giraffe Heroes for Environment and Climate Adaptation (GECA)!

Application of funds:

To finance the activities of the presented Giraffe projects we need at least CHF 50’000. No upper limit has been defined for the campaign. Without these minimum funds, however, our heroes cannot implement their projects.

About half of your donation will therefore go to our bees, trees and environmental projects. The other half will be used just as importantly for events and tutorials and will help us to win even more people over to our common cause.

If you want to join us and help our Giraffes please go to the campaign website

Thank you for your cooperation!

Giraffe Heroes for Environment and Climate Adaptation (GECA). Please contact@giraffe-heroes.euThanks for your Attention!