Why Get Involved

As an older adult, you have many ways to spend your time – enjoying leisure activities with your spouse, babysitting your grandchildren, starting a second career, or volunteering with any number of non-profit organizations. A growing movement of people in their 60s, 70s, and 80s are choosing to become environmental volunteers, working to create a sustainable society and conserve our natural resources. They are working to help solve one of the major challenges of our time: the growing threat of climate change and its devastating consequences.

We believe volunteering to support the environment is one of the most valuable ways you could use your time. Why?

Climate change is one of the most pressing problems facing our society today.

Over the next century, global climate change is expected to impact billions of people through increased flooding as sea levels rise; extreme heat waves; poor air quality; increased prevalence of insects that spread disease; more extensive droughts and storms; and decreased food production.


Climate change disproportionately affects older adults.

That’s because older adults are at greater risk of suffering from illness related to extreme heat and poor air quality. They are more susceptible to vector-borne diseases, which are spread insects that thrive as temperatures warm. And they experience greater risks during extreme weather events and natural disasters.


Environmental volunteering is good for older adults.

Research demonstrates that older environmental volunteers experience health benefits. That’s likely because this type of volunteerism typically involves some physical activity and time spent in nature; both are proven to reduce the risk of disease and boost longevity.


You can help to create a better world for future generations.

There is a Greek proverb that tells us, “Society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they shall never sit.” In fact, modern research tells us that older adults experience generativity, the need to promote the wellbeing of younger generations. Environmental volunteerism is one of the best ways that you can ensure the health of our planet for decades and centuries to come.