Naturefriends Greece

Naturefriends Greece / NFGR is a nonprofit organization, founded in 2007. NFGR is a member organization of the Historical International Environmental Organization “Naturefriends International” (http://nfi.at). With 500.000 members in approximately 45 member organisations throughout the globe, the Naturefriends movement -which was founded in 1895 -, is one of the largest non-governmental organizations (NGOs) worldwide. Although the term “Nature friends” points to a naturalistic / ecological / environmental organization, we do believe that environment extends beyond the mountains, the water, and the air that surrounds us or climate change. The interest and our actions continue beyond the natural environment protection and the exaltation that it provides. Equally important for us are: urban environment, human rights, equitable distribution of wealth, respect for diversity, degrowth, fair trade, food quality, the right to the commons, culture, entertainment, education.

Description

Naturefriends Greece has members from across the country. Most of our members are also involved in other political and social activities such as unions, municipal and regional councils, social centers, solidarity structures, mountaineering clubs.

Our members, among others are the bodies presidents of a) SOSTE (Road Safety Organization) b) the Greek part of the organization «International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW)» and representative in Greece «International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons».

Although the term “Nature friends” points to a naturalistic / ecological / environmental organization, we do believe that environment extends beyond the mountains, the water, and the air that surrounds us or climate change.
The interest and our actions continue beyond the natural environment protection and the exaltation that it provides. Equally important for us are: urban environment, human rights, equitable distribution of wealth, respect for diversity, degrowth, fair trade, food quality, the right to the commons, culture, entertainment, education.
We emphasize on environmental education, exchange of experience and cooperation with other organizations at national, European and international level, implementing programs on issues such as the environment, culture, education and training, entertainment, political and social rights etc.
We take care to strengthen autonomous movements and solidarity institutions, developing cooperative initiatives with organizations and citizen movements for the Protection of Natural and Human Environment, Human Rights and Social Justice. We believe in the cooperation of nations and citizens in Europe and around the world in defense of the political and social rights.
Naturefriends Greece protect and promote the biodiversity, history and culture, the Greek products, the landscape, which we believe are the key tools for strengthening the local economy and the sustainable development of our country.

If we had to use slogans for our ground ideas, these would be: "Think globally, act locally", "Man and the environment before profits", "We know nature and protect it", "Environment is not only the air we breathe", "Land and Freedom".

Last but not least, we adopt and lead out actions based on the slogan that has been prevailed in our country: "No one alone in multiform crisis." The "handshake", which is the emblem of Naturefriends from 1895, declares the cooperation and solidarity in society and nature.
Some of our Actions:
1 On the International Days related to society and the environment, press releases are issued and events are organized (eg. International days for Mountains, Terrain, Wetlands, Environmental, Mother Earth, International day against racism and fascism, European Mobility Week etc)
2 Participation in European and Global Movements (Social Forum, Alter Summit, climate Change, Against TTIP, Blog Action Day, etc.)
3 Organization of meetings and events. [eg. conference on "sustainable tourism” /
Hurt Me not Tourism (2013)]
4 Trekking - educational - environmental excursions.
5 "Greece - small, beautiful, amazing destination" Photo Contest (2014) 175 contestants, 740 photos.
6 Constantly working on issues like: Waste Management, Energy, Food - GMOs, Europe - European Union, Local Government, Road Safety, Climate Change, Trade
Agreements TTIP CETA, Nuclear weapons, etc.
7 Integration of five hotels in the list of "Naturefriends Houses» / Naturefriends Houses http://nfgr-houses.blogspot.gr
STOP TTIP CETA TiSA Greece
Since 2014, we participate in the Greek Initiative STOP TTIP CETA TiSA. We not only administrate the “stop-ttip-ceta-greece.blogspot.gr” blog, but have also created a
Facebook group and a communication (google) group with a participation of 200 members and representatives of institutions.

Greek Young Naturefriends
Greek Young Naturefriends a) keep their own blog http://grynf.blogspot.gr/ and have their own voice through one member in the Board of Naturefriends Greece, b) participate in the International Youth Organization «International Young Naturefriends» http://www.iynf.

Other Cooperations
In addition to our participation in the “Naturefriends International”, we maintain relations and contacts with a) People4Soil, b) Our World is not for Sale, c) United Against Racism.

Political Vision
«... to create a society in which there will be no privileges or discrimination conserning political affiliation, religion, sex, skin color, origin, social class etc. Because only in such a just society, the principles of sustainability, solidarity and social climate justice can be fully implemented».
(Statute, Introduction).

Aim
«To actively contribute to the protection of the landscape, ecosystems and biodiversity, preservation and reproduction of natural resources, which are the basis of life on earth.
To protect local agricultural crops, food quality, traditional seeds and participate in
joint actions for the protection of the natural and human environment and improving living conditions... ».


Description of proposed activity or project

The NFGR is open for cooperation and joint actions at all levels of the social life. However we are more interested in cooperation for fair trade, promotion of cooperative products or services, the Mediterranean diet, the municipal waste management -waste management, non formal education, e-activism (activism via the Internet), the tourism disabled, and Road safety.

Type of partner/expertise sought

NFGR is interested in a partnership with NGOs, Municipality or regional entities, Governmental agencies, Research institutions Universities. Of particular interest to people who will be participating from all ages and both sexes.

Type of expertise/competence offered

We offer expertise in e-activism, environmental awareness and education programs, good practices for the promotion of local history and culture, recipes and methods Mediterranean diets.



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