I’m a volunteer because of the organization’s commitment and interest in not only saving native forest (plant and animal life), but also because of everything that composes and surrounds it, including the social sector. To prove that it’s possible to save forests without affecting communities and indigenous communities, while also showing that it’s possible to get raw materials working with a standing forest, is a great way to show appreciation for life in all of its forms.
I’ve always liked going to the mountains – perhaps it’s the explorer’s spirit, or simply the satisfaction that I get from wandering the world.
In 2005, I had the chance to visit Pumalín, one of Douglas Tompkins’ lands in the Chilean Patagonia. I remember that we went up the Vodudahue River in kayak and we stayed in one of the posts. They took us to visit the greenhouses where the small larch trees (alerces, in Spanish) are grown, which will later be transplanted in order to recover the forest that indiscriminate tree felling has practically extinguished in that area. The project is called Alerce 3000 – the goal is to recover the larch tree forest by the year 3000. If Doug Tompkins thinks 1,000 years forward, I at least want to make a small contribution through the Banco de Bosques.
I become a volunteer at Banco de Bosques after hearing a radio announcement in 2011. Ever since that day, as I became more and more familiar with the cause and understood that it is possible to intervene in a direct and effective way to stop the disappearance of our native forests, my interest in participating and being part of the project grew.
I know and trust in the daily work of the staff and volunteers, which is why I’ve joined in on the commitment that they’ve made. On a personal level, this space has allowed me to discover a new area of my life that I enjoy and which always brings new challenges.
DANIEL "RASTEL" RASTELLI
The first time that I went on the Banco de Bosques’ website, I was surprised at how practical and direct the grid donation system is. It was immediate: when I donated a small monthly sum, my name already appeared as “saving” that m2 of our country’s land, avoiding deforestation, protecting the habitat of threatened species and collaborating in the creation of future National Parks.
I was moved when I received the thank-you e-mail, the promise of my peg, and I immediately felt the need to collaborate. So one day, I showed up in the neighborhood of Palermo, Buenos Aires. One morning in which several volunteers were recycling plastic PET containers, from one mate to the next, we would fill huge bags that would turn into more forest hectares saved. It was in a relaxed and happy environment in which everyone worked as a team and I felt so comfortable, I promised to return, because I felt the need to be part of such a worthwhile objective, to transform something that I wanted to do into something real and to GET WORKING!
Thank you to Banco de Bosques for this opportunity!
Daniel “Rastel” Rastelli
Taking care of our forests is an obligation to us human beings in order to preserve life.
I’ve known about the existence of Banco de Bosques since a few years ago, and I decided to donate. I know the sacrifice that battling in pursuit of its objective means for this organization.
Our donation is necessary; I trust in Banco de Bosques.
“You not only help society; it also helps you to grow as a person.”
Since she was young she’s always felt drawn by nature. That’s why, aside from choosing her career, she is a temp assistant in the Chemistry Department at the Faculty of Agronomy. In 2001, Lis found an announcement from the NGO on Facebook. She wanted to change reality, to help in something that she could do but didn’t know how to. “This is how you join an NGO,” she relates, adding, “It makes you look at reality in a different way”.
At Banco de Bosques, Lis is responsible for raising awareness among people in terms of environmental care, spreading information about the organization’s events, receiving information from potential participants and training trips to the forests. She says that caring for the environment has become a commitment for her. “I wanted to channel my need to save forests through my collaboration with the NGO. And I’ve taken much more than that: great personal experiences, friends and great personal development.”
23 years old. Student of Environmental Sciences at the Universidad de Buenos Aires. Works at an environmental consulting agency.