Legambiente is composed by a national headquarter based in Rome, 20 regional branches and more than 1000 local groups.
The association has an unrivalled presence on the Italian territory: more than 115.000 members, 30.000 students participating in environmental education projects, more than 3.000 young people each year participating to our national and international environmental workcamps and more that 60 natural reserves and protected areas managed by Legambiente.
Can you talk to us about your organisation?
Legambiente is a non-profit association born in 1980. The mission of the association is to make the environmental culture the centre of a new kind of development and diffused well-being. Important values for the association are the improvement of environmental quality, the fight against all forms of pollution, a wise use of natural resources, the construction of a more balanced relationship between human beings and the nature. Spreading those values could be an effective way to respond to the challenges of our time.
Tell us a bit more about the main activities, campaigns and/or projects you are working on at the moment?
The awareness campaigns Goletta Verde (Green Schooner), Treno Verde (Green Train), Operazione Fiumi (Operation Rivers), Carovana delle Alpi (Caravan of the Alps) and Salvalarte (Save the Art), allow Legambiente to collect thousands of data on the water and city pollution, on the alpine system and artistic heritage.
The association supports renewable energies and GMO-free agriculture and it is committed against the greenhouse effect, the eco-mafia and illegal buildings and the protection of the artistic and cultural heritage of the Italian territories.
Moreover, Legambiente’s awareness campaigns Puliamo il Mondo (Clean Up the World), Clean up the Med, Mal’Aria (Sick Air) and thousands of workcamps in Italy and abroad, have shown the way forward for a strong and combative environmental volunteerism.
What does EEB membership mean to your organisation? How does it help you in your daily work and to bring about the changes you would like to see in Europe and beyond?
Do you have a recent success story that you would like to share with us?
#MIGLIAIADIVITE (thousands lives) Campaign phase out coal power plants by 2025 was one of our most recent success stories. This was the result of a major campaign undertook by Legambiente and other environmental NGO. Started a few year ago was finalized in December 2017, when the Italian government adopted the revision of the National Energy Strategy, accelerating the decommissioning of coal-fired thermal power plants by 2025, based on a detailed plan of infrastructural actions.
On the basis of this success, we start a new campaign Phasing-Out Gas in order to achieve the Paris Agreement long term objective of a maximum global average temperature rise of 1.5°. Our goal is to reach a zero net emission in the electricity sector by 2050.
For more information:
Emma Ernsth, Membership and Development Manager, European Environmental Bureau