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125 years naturefriends

125 activities for sustainable development

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.

Facing the 125-years anniversary this year, NFI presents 125 pilot projects of Naturefriends that have been contributing to a sustainable development or continue to do so. Have a look at our website, on facebook & instagram!

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For a Europe that cares for all

For a Europe that cares for all – during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond

The COVID-19 pandemic is demonstrating all too well that unequal societies go hand-in-hand with human suffering, fragile economies and delicate democracies.
Solidarity must be the bedrock of Europe’s response to this crisis: to fighting the pandemic and protecting all people, to managing the social and economic consequences, and to defending democracy. Solidarity goes beyond borders and should not be limited to European Union countries.  This is more than a public health crisis; it is a systems crisis. Like the climate crisis, and the many other crises we face, it affects everyone but hits some harder than others. The COVID-19 pandemic magnifies the inequalities in our societies.
Civil society groups - among them NFI - call for a Europe that cares for all – during the COVID19 crisis and beyond.

The EU must now take action to:

  • guarantee any coronavirus vaccine is affordable and accessible to all
  • ensure the use of digital technologies during the crisis is lawful, ethical, and temporary
  • end austerity – tackle inequality, protect our environment and promote wellbeing
  • protect workers, especially caregivers and frontline workers, and support people’s income
  • create a truly transformative European Green Deal
  • provide support and solidarity to people in the global South
  • safeguard fundamental rights and rule of law
Read the statement here

Mastering the crisis in solidarity!

The Naturefriends movement stands for solidarity and responsible acting. These values must be upheld especially now, in these difficult times!

We call on everyone: think especially of the particularly vulnerable groups in our society and protect them by staying at home! Each and every one of us is called upon to do so.

We appeal to all those who are drawn to nature, especially now in spring: please refrain from sports that involve a certain risk of injury - such as ski touring, climbing and mountaineering. Resources and capacities in the medical sector must not be unnecessarily burdened by alpine accidents.

Let´s stand together in solidarity to overcome this crisis!

Letter of Manfred Pils & Andrea Lichtenecker for the board and the team of NFI
Photo: Lisa Schopper

Watch out for human rights when travelling – the role of tour guides

Leading, communicating, mediating – tour guides are the interface between travellers and locals, between two often very different cultures. Thus tour guides bear a great responsibility with regard to the handling of human rights – a new booklet of Naturefriends International supports them in this.

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Photo: 2ADIB Mali

NFI christmas special: Donate a brick to the village of Finkolo (Mali)!

The south of Mali is heavily affected by climate change. The increase in periods of drought leads to massive losses in agricultural production; sometimes the harvest is completely lost. The storage of agricultural products is therefore becoming increasingly important. Also the women's cooperative in the village community of Finkolo, which has been successfully cultivating vegetables for several years with the support of Naturefriends, urgently needs a storage building for its products. With a contribution of 15 euros you support the construction of the storage building and create a future perspective for the people of Finkolo.
Donations for a brick for Finkolo are also meaningful christmas presents for your friends or family – upon request, we we send a gift certificate via mail.

More information about the project and the NFI christmas special