At first glance Team Green Adventures may appear to be just an outdoors group. Though we’re always excited to get on our next adventure, our mission runs much deeper than that. Our concern for the environment and healthy living drives our passion for helping others, making us equally focused on community service as we are about exploring the wilderness. Team Green joins Hands On Nashville every year to help clean and landscape public schools in Nashville to make them cleaner and greener. Team Green will also be helping out with building a home for Habitat for Humanity, which only produces LEED Certified homes. Research shows, those who care more for the environment and spend more time in nature are typically more compassionate and caring toward others, and here are a few reasons why:
We See the Bigger Picture
The mere act of taking a break from your to-do list and treating yourself to an hour or two outside means you recognize that outdoor time is crucial to your lifelong health. We’ve all had those weeks where we have been too busy to get out, and we have seen how that can quickly weigh us down. By making outdoor activities a priority, we see life as a whole, not just the day-to-day tasks. Research shows nature-lovers prioritize personal growth, intimacy and community before money, image and fame (Rodale). As we see the bigger picture in our personal lives, we can better understand the bigger picture for the world. We see how small acts of protecting the environment help others learn to do the same, and we see how helping people in need leads to a healthier world.
We Step Away From Busyness
As much as we love the outdoors, busyness can become addicting. Once you get tied up in work or running errands, it becomes easier to forget to rest. Stepping away from your busy world is a selfless act. Cutting back on your time commitments so you can be outside helps you manage your time to make sure you take breaks. This makes choosing to volunteer through community service a simple decision. We can commit to giving others our time because we know how to set aside the world’s demands. The study seen in Rodale shows how nature can remove individuals from their daily pressures, helping them tune into what is important in the moment.
Looking for ways to make a difference in your community? Join Team Green as we volunteer with Hands On Nashville’s school cleaning day on Saturday, September 20 at 8 a.m., or help us build a home for a family in need with Habitat for Humanity on Sunday, September 28 at 7 a.m.
– Kate (Team Green’s Summer Intern)