BUND stands for Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland (German Federation for the Environment and Nature Conservation) and is an independent, federal NGO that has been dedicated to protecting nature and the environment since the mid-1970s. With over 650,000 members and supporters, 16 state organisations and 2,300 local and regional groups, BUND is one of the largest environmental associations in Germany today.
BUND sees itself as the driving social force for an ecological and social sustainable development in Germany. Its vision is a future-proof country in a socially just and peaceful world – a goal it pursues on a local, regional, national and international level.
Among other things, BUND campaigns for ecological agriculture and healthy food, climate protection and the expansion of renewable energies, the protection of endangered species, forests and water. It also raises public awareness of environmental protection and nature conservation issues and explains the environmental and health impacts of products and services.
BUND also has its own youth branch, BUNDjugend, which is youth-led and made up of young people up to the age of 25, who carry out projects and campaigns.
Photo by Andi Weiland, taken at the national climate strike on 24 September 2021.