Senior Environment Corps
Are you 55 years old or over and want to help the environment? Join a Senior Environment Corps (SEC) group in your area or even start your own local SEC group.
Check out what our Senior Environment Corps of Pennsylvania has accomplished over the past twenty years in the PaSEC Snapshot report.
About Nature Abounds
Nature Abounds™, a national 501c3 non-profit organization with offices in Washington and Pennsylvania, encourages people to Unplug from the societal "norms", Wake Up to the natural world around them, and to Take Action for a healthier environment. To do so, we RISE to the occasion:
- Raise awareness through education, action, and inspiration.
- Inform about environmental issues.
- Strengthen the voice of action.
- Engage all ages in creating healthier communities and a healthy planet where people and wildlife can co-exist peacefully.
Found in 2008 by friends Melinda Hughes and Jim Wert, Nature Abounds has already launched several successful programs nationally, including IceWatch USA,Watch the Wild, and Turtle Ambassadors. Likewise, the organization has acquired and revitalized the Senior Environment Corps, a group of senior citizens volunteering for the planet, and Natural Biodiversity, a program focused on restoring the landscape. To date, Nature Abounds has engaged more than 13,000 volunteers across all fifty states, Puerto Rico, and beyond.
Issues We Work On
The environment is connected to all aspects of our lives. Therefore, we do not have a limit the scope of issues to work on. Below is a sampling of what we have worked on as well as areas we want to have impact.
Nowadays, even college students of different ages discuss environmental issues in their academic papers covering the most important problems and how they can be solved. And, some questions are not that easy, so young learners turn to online services, like CustomWritings, to order essay online.
Climate change affects most facets of our life, from weather to health, from food sources to wildlife and recreational activities.
All species have purpose in their natural ecosystems. We promote efforts to make that possible, from protections of habitat to smart sense legislation to species awareness to wildlife bridges.
Nature Deficit Disorder
Nature-deficit disorder is the idea that human beings, especially children, are spending less time outdoors, and the belief that this change results in a wide range of behavioral problems, alienating us from the natural world.
We need clean water for a variety of uses - drinking, recreation, food processing and other daily requirements. Every plant and animal species also need clean water to survive.
We need clean air to survive. Polluted air is an issue that affects all of us, even those in perfect health. From breathing issues to the effects of climate change, we must work harder for clean air.
Much of the air pollution we experience results from the burning of fossil fuels, such as coal, oil, natural gas, and gasoline. The process of getting those fossil fuels is also hard on the ecosystem.
Renewable energy sources like wind and solar are here to stay. They're cleaner and much less harmful than energies we get from fossil fuels. We can learn a lot from how other countries have promoted renewable energies.
Oceans cover nearly three-quarters of our planet, holding 97% of the planet's water. They also produce more than half of the oxygen in the atmosphere, and absorb the most carbon from it.
Though separate in focus, poverty and the environment are inescapably linked, usually in negative spirals caused sometimes by greed, but mostly by the simple human desire to survive. Deforestation is just one example.
Agriculture and the environment are intimately entwined, from emissions to variables such as rainfall and temperature. Farming techniques also play a part although vary around the globe.
From farm to factory to store to table, there are always things that can be done to make food healthier for the consumer. Likewise, we will help make the consumer more aware of what to look for when shopping.
Transportation has a major effect on the environment from highways and traffic issues to air travel. We can do it better for the environment and for travelers.
Invasive flora and fauna are a major problem across the country. Exotic species like iguanas and pythons taking over native habitat in the Florida Everglades is just one example. Bamboo growing out of control is another.
Hemp has many environmental benefits from less reliance on fossil fuels, more efficient use of energy, forest conservation, pesticide use and pollution reduction, and landfill use reduction. Likewise, hemp is superior to many other plants for many uses.
As cities grow, deforestation takes place. This affects wildlife species that had resided there as well as natural carbon capturing by trees as well as other impacts.
There are many ways that the environment can impact human health in either positive or negative ways. It has been seen that approximately one quarter of disease worldwide is caused by environmental factors, many of which we have the power to change.
Reduce, reuse, and recycle! It's a simple message but one that if implemented will help not only save the environment but also keep more money in your bank account. Reducing consumerism is a win-win.
There are many ways you can volunteer with Nature Abounds from sharing your art and crafting skills to observing and reporting from your community to raising awareness about issues you care about. Below is a menu of opportunities:
Citizen Science Related
Environmental Education Related
Crafters for a Cause
Other Volunteer Opportunities
Ready to Volunteer?
Once you have decided how you would like to volunteer with Nature Abounds, complete and submit a Volunteer Application and our Volunteer Team will contact you soon.
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