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Tree Lovers Urged To Spread The Love in A forest - and Film It

Duncan Hooper

Greenpeace has issued an appeal to tree lovers to bombard the EU with sensual footage of woodland scenes in a bid to curb illegal logging.Philodendra from across Europe are invited to delve deep into their hard drives to dig out their most sensual shots of slender silver birches, curvaceous willows or craggy oaks.

Having gathered the clips together, the environmental group intends to create a video designed to convince European Commission President José Manuel Barroso of the importance of implementing a ban on illegal timber imports.

In a blog posted on its website, Greenpeace encourages supporters to "take pictures and/or videos of yourself and your friends spreading the love in a forest."

The group has already created a sample video, complete with an explicit content warning, to spur the creative instincts of would-be saviours of the world's forests.

Greenpeace claims the inspiration behind its campaign is a collection of raunchy film clips compiled by the EU's media arm exhorting the bloc's citizens to "come together" to support European cinema.

The environmentalists will be hoping to mirror the success of that video, which has been watched almost 7 million times since it was posted on the EUTube channel a year ago.

Following the postponement until September of a vote in Brussels on the illegal logging issue, Greenpeace is pushing to keep the issue on the agenda. Failure to take swift action will lead to further irreversible destruction of rainforests in the Amazon, the Congo and Indonesia, the group says.

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