Friends of Nature (FON)
Friends of Nature (FON) is the oldest environmental NGO in China. From their founders Prof. Liang Congjie, Prof. Yang Dongping, Ms. Liang Xiaoyan, and Mr. Wang Lixiong, they have grown into an organization with over 10,000 volunteers and 14 local member groups throughout China.
Friends of Nature was founded by a group of concerned Chinese intellectuals in Linglong Park, Beijing, on June 5th 1993, as a NGO pioneer of Chinese environmentalism. Officially registered at the State Ministry of Civil Affairs on March 31st 1994, they are a sanctioned non-governmental organization promoting environmentalism and sustainable living in mainland China.
They have been working for nearly two decades to promote awareness about China’s most pressing environmental problems. Historically, they have focused on protecting endangered species (notably the Tibetan antelope and the snub-nosed monkey), as well as environmental education through camps, field trips, and most importantly, teacher-training; and awareness-raising campaigns such as photo exhibitions and publications.
Though they have achieved significant victories for nature, Friends of Nature’s greatest achievement has been helping to foster a growing network of grassroots environmental NGOs throughout China. They firmly believe that environmental education increases awareness, and awareness increases citizen participation. It is through the participation of all Chinese citizens that China can finally achieve the dream of a society inharmony with nature.
To live in a society in harmony with nature, where every individual shall have the right to enjoy nature’s beauty and share safe and clean natural resources.
Friends of Nature strives to promote public awareness of environmental issues and create platforms for public participation in environmental decision-making. FON is committed to helping its members proactively undertake their responsibilities as both green citizens and green consumers.