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Improving wellbeing and environmental stewardship through volunteering in nature

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posted on 2016-03-01, 00:00 authored by R Molsher, Mardie TownsendMardie Townsend
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.

History

Journal

EcoHealth

Volume

13

Issue

1

Pagination

151 - 155

Publisher

Springer

Location

New York, N.Y.

eISSN

1612-9210

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2015, International Association for Ecology and Health