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Improving wellbeing and environmental stewardship through volunteering in nature

Molsher, Robyn and Townsend, Mardie 2016, Improving wellbeing and environmental stewardship through volunteering in nature, EcoHealth, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 151-155, doi: 10.1007/s10393-015-1089-1.

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Title Improving wellbeing and environmental stewardship through volunteering in nature
Author(s) Molsher, Robyn
Townsend, Mardie
Journal name EcoHealth
Volume number 13
Issue number 1
Start page 151
End page 155
Total pages 5
Publisher Springer
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2016-03
ISSN 1612-9210
Keyword(s) environmental
Conservation of Natural Resources
Health Promotion
Middle Aged
South Australia
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Biodiversity Conservation
Environmental Sciences
Biodiversity & Conservation
Environmental Sciences & Ecology
Summary Environmental volunteering (EV) can provide a unique way to optimise the wellbeing of participants while fostering environmental stewardship. However, the potential of EV to create human health benefits remains an under-researched area. This study provides evidence for improved wellbeing and mood state for 32 participants from diverse backgrounds undertaking EV activities. Most participants also reported improved environmental stewardship with a greatly improved understanding of the environment and the need to conserve it. Other benefits included: 31% of those seeking work obtained it; and 50% joined a volunteer group at program completion. EV provides a unique mechanism to enhance the wellbeing of the participants, while conserving the environment.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s10393-015-1089-1
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
0707 Veterinary Sciences
1117 Public Health And Health Services
0602 Ecology
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, International Association for Ecology and Health
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