What is Volunteerism?
Oxford Languages define ‘Volunteerism’ as the use or involvement of volunteer labour, especially in community services.
Wikipedia says ‘Volunteering’ is a voluntary act of an individual or group freely giving time and labour for community service. Many volunteers are specifically trained in the areas they work, such as medicine, education, or emergency rescue. Others serve on an as-needed basis, such as in response to a natural disaster.
Volunteering is the ability and practice of offering your skills, knowledge, and time to help and benefit others, without expecting a financial benefit in return. Most of us usually think that to promote sustainability, we must give it a whole lot financially. This is not to deny that funds play huge roles in environmental sustainability, however, the main point I am emphasizing is that everyone can play a role in this, even if we don’t have the funds to give. Every individual has one skill or knowledge that can become an effective contribution to protecting our environments and making them as sustainable as possible.
One clear example of volunteerism that does not require you giving money is ’Plogging’. After reading about this activity, I got so much interested. Plogging is a combination of jogging and litter-picking. The Swedish verbs ‘plocka upp’ and ‘jogga’ which means pick up and jog respectively gives the word ‘plogga’ from which we got ‘plogging’. This activity started in Sweden in 2016 and has spread to other countries (Nigeria, being one of them). Read more here. You can look to join one of such plogging clubs in the community/country.
The essence of this blog post is to remind you of how important volunteerism is and how it goes a long way in environmental sustainability. There are many volunteer activities you can be involved with; subsequent posts will address that. However, for now, I want you to seriously consider doing this for your community. It doesn’t have to take all your time or prevent you from doing other things, remember that ‘every little effort counts’.
Action Point: Are you ready to volunteer for the sustainability of your environment? Search for volunteer programs within your community and sign up today. You can do it!
Master student in Media and Communication at Lund University. The author holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication Studies from the University of Ilorin. Titilope is an Editorial Director at 180 Degrees Consulting Lund.