Green Volunteers in the Spotlight: Understanding action for nature through studying citizen scientists and other nature volunteers
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Radboud University, 16 maart 2021
Promotores : Born, R.J.G. van den, Aarts, M.N.C.
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Philosophy and Science Studies
SubjectPhilosophy and Science Studies
Human actions may be responsible for much destruction of nature, but it can also be a key solution. Around the world countless volunteers take action for nature: through citizen science, through activities such as planting trees, by organizing excursions, you name it. But who are these nature volunteers? What is it they do, and why do they do it? These questions are rarely asked. This thesis aims to answer these questions based on several surveys among large numbers of Dutch green volunteers. Contributing to nature conservation and a personal connection to nature were found to be key motivations for the volunteers, regardless of their activities. Other diverse motivations also play a role: these include being outside, learning about nature and working together with others. In terms of profile, the high average age and level of education among the respondents is notable. (Re)connecting humans and nature is urgent and important, how can we stimulate this? Suggestions for nature organisations include further strengthening their support and appreciation of their volunteers. In addition, appealing to diverse motivations can help enthuse a wider public.
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