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Environmental volunteering

Environmental responsibilities conduct of activities including environmental monitoring (eg wildlife); ecological restoration, such as revegetation and weed removal, and education about the natural environment. They also participate in community based projects, improving footpaths, open spaces, and local amenities for the benefit of the local community and visitors. The uptake of environmental volunteering stems from the benefits for the volunteers themselves, such as improving social networks and developing a sense of place. [1]

Like other types of volunteering, environmental volunteers are motivated by a range of different factors, some of which are altruistic and others are for personal interest and development. Recognized motivations are: [2] 1) making a contribution to community, 2) promoting social interaction , 3) personal development , 4) learning about the natural environment, 5) a general ethic of care for the environment, and 6) attachment to a particular place. Environmental volunteering has also been associated with mental health conditions, as well as with other people.

Volunteers-have-been increasingly Conducting Search Such As environmental monitoring Meanwhile public investment in professional environmental managers to conduct Those roles HAS tended to decline. [3]

An example of environmental volunteering is the project Let’s Do It! World , asking for a round of local, national and regional clean-up events. A project called World Cleanup 2012 has been started on 24 March 2012, with people from more than 80 countries participating. Perhaps the Largest success in environmental volunteer Organizing Was Achieved in Slovenia by the group Ecologists Without Borders, which managed to activate over 10% of the total Slovenian population in several cleaning campaigns. The project is being conducted by the Western Isles Support Project for the Environmental Project in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, UK. Many different medium to smaller projects and educational tasks the Voluntary ecological year Was founded in the 1990s in Austria and Germany .

See also

  • Volunteering
  • Virtual volunteering
  • Voluntarism (action)


  1. Jump up^ Gooch M. (2005) ‘Voices of the Volunteers: An Exploration of the Experiments of the Queensland, Australia’, Local Environment 10 (1), pp. 5-19.
  2. Jump up^ Measham TG and Barnett, GB (2008) Environmental volunteering: Motivations, Modes and Outcomes, Australian Geographer 39 (4) pp. 537-552http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/EGagIFcqJZhAez4iuqbc/full
  3. Jump up^ Savan, B., Morgan, AJ and Gore, C. (2003) ‘Volunteer Environmental Monitoring and the Role of the Universities: The Case of Citizens’ Environment Watch’, Environmental Management 31 (5), pp. 561-68.

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