Under the motto "1,000 trees for Senegal", Naturfreunde Hofheim and Naturfreunde Hessen together with Naturefriends International (NFI) invited to a Zoom discussion on 23 June 2021. Mamadou Mbodji, Senegalese Vice-President of the NFI and president of the African Naturefriends Network, gave a moving speech on the effects of climate change on the African continent.
At the moment, the longing for a change of scenery is great for most of us, but when and how the next trip will be possible is still unclear... The interactive travel puzzle from respect_NFI is just the thing to shorten the waiting time and at the same time get exciting tips for planning the next trip. Join in and build your own sustainable travel picture!
Naturefriends present approaches to the most pressing issues of the 21st century
For 125 years, Naturefriends have been providing impulses for a sustainable development of our society, which offers perspectives for a good future for all people and respects the natural limits of our planet. At the international Naturefriends Congress, which was held online on 28 November, they presented their demands and solutions to the most pressing issues of the 21st century.
People in rural regions of Africa are particularly affected by climate change – the Corona Pandemic is making the situation even worse. The planting of fruit trees in the frame of Climate Fund projects contributes both to climate protection and to the fight against poverty.
30 euros will enable the planting and care of five fruit trees and the accompanying awareness-raising measures – an important contribution to climate protection and an equally important sign of international solidarity in particularly challenging times!
The corona virus has got our travel behaviour under control this year - lockdowns and travel restrictions still make travelling difficult. But what will the future bring and how will this crisis affect the future development of tourism? Will we continue to travel as we have done so far, or will we manage a transition towards sustainability?
At the International Naturefriends meeting in Janjanbureh (The Gambia) in January 2020, the focus was not only on the 125th anniversary of the Naturefriends movement but also on celebrating two successful years of Landscape of the Year Senegal/The Gambia. This event was followed by a two-weeks trip to the most important venues and partners of the Landscape of the Year, which was regularly reported on in various NFI media.
Transforming tourism is the demand of the day - this is what the "Transforming Tourism Initiative" is calling for from the World Tourism Organisation UNWTO on the occasion of World Tourism Day on 27 September. The global network of NGOs, tourism professionals and academia identifies concrete measures on how the tourism industry can emerge from the current COVID-19 crisis in a more sustainable and strengthened way. It calls for rapid and committed action on the part of UNWTO - and the involvement of all stakeholders in a spirit of partnership.
Naturefriends demand a human European asylum policy instead of further refugee camps on the territory of the European Union.
The corona virus determines our lives - and also our ways of travelling. Curfews and border closures have paralysed the tourism industry. Now the borders are opening again, tourism is picking up speed again. But how will the corona crisis affect the future development of tourism?
It is time to think about how we want to travel in the future and to initiate a turn towards sustainability! In this sense we are launching the campaign #tourismusneudenken (rethink tourism) in the social media channels of respect_NFI.
Over the last 125 years, Naturefriends all around the world have implemented thousands of activities to champion this wide variety of causes: fighting for the right of way, developing environmentally and socially sustainable tourism and leisure-time offers, and promoting protection of the environment and nature, climate justice and international solidarity.