Peter bought a sacred forest for a tribe in the Philippines, biked all around Europe with his drumkit to play music in order to raise awareness for social- and ecological issues and is now looking to organize a grand scale concert inspired by Live Aid. Who is this busy change maker?
How do you unfuck the world?
It’s funny how ’to unfuck’ reminds me of this word I like to use in stories I write: the ‘what-the-fuck!?!-fuck-it!! mentality’. Read with only a slight sense of irony. Unfucking generally starts with sincerely caring, deep care or maybe even love. And oh boy, I am a romantic!
Throughout the years I found that it’ s pretty hard to find or remain your authentic self. I used to be this shy boy, not daring to ask classmates if I could play with them. You should see me now! But still I cannot really deal with conflicts, involving me or not. Although, whenever I am aware of them I am involved, right? I want peace and harmony. I am a lover and a warrior at the same time. I love rebelling against the norm, the system. It’s only through actions that I can really show what I mean.
Unfucking generally starts with sincerely caring, deep care or maybe even love. And oh boy, I am a romantic!
So how do you put this into action?
I decided to invest my savings in nature. My savings that I had worked incredibly hard for when I was still working in the engineering industry. At the moment that I decided to put my money into an environmental project, this quest from an indigenous tribe from the Philippines, the Higaonon, popped up. They were looking for money to ‘buy the sacred forest’. I spoke to one of the tribal elders through Skype and after only one or two calls I was convinced that I should help them. I bought half of the sacred forest, gave it to the Higaonon, and promised to help crowdfund the means to also get the other half of the forest. In order to create content for the campaign I went to the Philippines and made a mini-documentary about the tribe. Something I had never done before. We reached our crowdfunding goal and the land now belongs to the tribal owned Tribes and Nature Foundation. With them owning the land, the risk of investors from the mining industry destructing the sacred forest is minimized. It felt amazing doing this, although it's a strange sensation that by helping the tribe, I am all of a sudden seen as this well-known forest protector.
What an amazing story! Good on you. What is it you are doing now?
After this project, and after more than 1,5 year working with Tom van de Beek at The Tipping Point foundation, I decided to shift my focus more towards forest protection and/ or ecosystem restoration. I am now an ambassador at the Embassy of the Earth, learning about how to apply knowledge from the field of social design to changing the world for the better.
In the last months I went on the road with Voice of the Earth (VotE), playing music to raise awareness for the environment. It started in May in the Netherlands and in June and July I biked throughout Europe with a mini-drumkit. I did several 24 hour Voice of the Earth marathons, addressing (regional) ecological or social issues, while honoring Earth and connecting through a universal language, the language of the arts.
How would I know if what I am doing and dreaming of is unfucking the world? I may well be messing things up. I don’t know and I am open to new insights.
With VotE we are planning to organize a grand scale concert for the earth: Live Earth, inspired by Live Aid. I am now looking for 1000 artists on 1000 different locations in the world that would like to join this concert for earth.
The shortest answer to the question "how do you unfuck the world?" is: I don’t know. How would I know if what I am doing and dreaming of is unfucking the world? I may well be messing things up. I don’t know and I am open to new insights. All I know is that I am following my intuition, am staying true to myself and am having a lot of fun doing what I do.