BUND (Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland, German Association for Environment and Nature Conservation) is a non-profit, non-partisan and secular federal grassroots NGO with more than 650,000 members and supporters. Donations and membership fees make up almost 80 per cent of BUND’s revenue and ensure its political independence.
BUND was founded in 1975. BUND members have been working voluntarily in local and district groups in the service of nature since our foundation because now, as then, there are many reasons to get involved in nature conservation and environmental protection. We plant hedges, create ponds, take care of protected areas and fight for the preservation of valuable areas. This way, the landscape surrounding us becomes visibly more varied, diversified and colourful.
Environmental policy and Key Topics
There is a lot that needs to be done for nature conservation and environmental protection. To be effective in helping to maintain our natural livelihood, BUND currently focuses on climate protection and the preservation of biodiversity.
Above all, BUND’s focus is on how we want to live in the future. We're invested in the development of a sustainable, environmentally-friendly political approach. One which ensures an equitable existence for future generations: regionally, nationally, and globally—particularly for those living in the Global South, who are most affected by climate change.
Our commitment to foster the use of renewable energies, to ban the production of genetically modified food and fodder, and to reduce the amount of toxic chemicals in everyday life is always based on concrete alternative options and solutions.
Tackling the ecological questions of the future requires the development of integrative policies:
- Transport policy has to be linked to regional planning policy (because the construction of shopping centres in non-urban territories leads to a higher volume of traffic in these areas).
- Landscape policy also has to be nature conservation policy, considering the well-being of people, soils, and animals.
- Chemicals policy needs to ensure that our health and the environment take priority over the industry’s concern for profits.