Let's take action for climate protection - volunteering for forests and peatlands

Become active in climate protection through international workcamps!

In our camps, in trainings and seminars and in the team, we are particularly concerned with the topic of climate protection in forests and bogs.

Why this theme?

In Germany alone, forests absorb many millions of tons of CO2 from the atmosphere every year. With the restoration and sustainable management of the forests, we can therefore take action against several problems of the climate crisis. Read more about why forests are so important to us all here.

Peatlands currently bind almost twice as much CO2 as all forest areas worldwide. In addition to the emission of CO2, drained peatlands also mean that special habitat for rare animal and plant species disappear.

Good reasons to make the protection of forests and wetlands one of our key topics. No matter how often or how long you have been active with IBG - we look forward to every motivated person who would like to support us.

How to get active with us

Help us rewet the high bogs in the Hunsrück National Park or take action against invasive plants in the Black Forest. You can also take part in environmental protection camps abroad through our partner organizations: work on clean-ups on the beaches of Denmark, Italy or Iceland, support reforestation campaigns in Mongolia or learn new practical skills in a camp on an organic farm in Estonia.

Find more information about Workcamps in the field of environmental and climate protection here.

News and current projects

Workshop concept: 'Plastic in everyday life and in nature'
Workshop concept: 'Plastic in everyday life and in nature'
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Why are bogs important for climate protection?
Why are bogs important for climate protection?
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How to travel more sustainably
How to travel more sustainably
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German Overshoot Day 2023
German Overshoot Day 2023
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International Forest Day - how you can get active
International Forest Day - how you can get active
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World Wetland Day
World Wetland Day
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Sustainable Food - Tools & Methods
Sustainable Food - Tools & Methods
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7 Reasons for Eating Less Meat
7 Reasons for Eating Less Meat
If you've been to one of our trainings or seminars, you may have noticed that food at IBG events is mostly vegan. You wonder why? Here are 7 reasons why we want to consume less meat: 1. Deforestation of the rainforest Our diet has a greater impact on the global climate than you might think. In South America alone, 40 percent of the rainforest was cleared for pasture land and growing...
IBG Green Box - Toolbox
IBG Green Box - Toolbox
Are you still looking for games, methods and activities related to nature conservation for your workcamp? Maike is studying environmental education and has created a toolbox with various environmental education methods with us over the past few months during her practical semester. Whether it's an icebreaker, energizer, excursion idea or DIY workshop - you'll find plenty of ideas and...
How can we protect the forest?
How can we protect the forest?
What do we need the forest for? What do you think of when you think of the forest? Fresh air, relaxation, cross-country skiing and relaxing walks? Germany is one of the most densely forested countries in Europe. Forests are a special place for relaxation and leisure for many of us. And of course habitat for many animal and plant species. But only a fraction of the forest area in Germany...
What Does Climate Protection Have To To With Social Justice?
What Does Climate Protection Have To To With Social Justice?
February 20th is the World Day of Social Justice. The aim of this day is to draw attention to inequality and to work for a diverse society in which there are fairly distributed opportunities, living conditions and respect for everyone. Poverty, exclusion, discrimination or racism are just a few examples of how differently the chances of a healthy and happy life are distributed. "Ok,"...
Why is biodiversity important?
Why is biodiversity important?
If you are interested in environmental action and climate protection, you have probably come across the term 'biodiversity' before. Biodiversity means, on the one hand, species diversity, i.e. the diversity of plant and animal species. But also that there is genetic diversity within a species. A third aspect is biologically diverse habitats, i.e. different ecosystems, such as forests,...
Why we are committed to protecting capercaillie in the Black Forest
Why we are committed to protecting capercaillie in the Black Forest
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