It is the beginning of a new year (and decade), and one of your resolutions may be to start spending more time outdoors or giving back to your community. You may want to start meeting new people, reconnecting with nature, or exploring new places. All of these are fantastic goals and can be achieved by getting involved in environmental activities in Dubai and outdoor adventures.
These types of experiences are crucial if we are going to be able to save the planet, but they also can be fun, rewarding activities for you. If you need some more convincing, keep reading for these four reasons to get involved in environmental activities.
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1. It is Your Chance to Make a Difference
One of the biggest reasons that you should choose to get involved in environmental activities is that it is your opportunity to help make the world a better place. No matter where you live, there are bound to be a variety of opportunities that you can get involved in from beach clean-ups to citizen science projects.
Humans are responsible for taking care of the environment, and it is up to us to help protect the ecosystem because current actions (or non-action even) are putting hundreds of species in danger of extinction. Additionally, preserving the environment helps to protect humanity. By choosing to get involved in environmental activities, you are helping to make the planet a better place for everyone to live, and the benefits will be felt by both by the people of this generation and future ones.
2. You Can Make New Friends
In addition to helping save the planet, you can also meet lots of new people while getting involved in environmental activities in Dubai. In fact, volunteering is one of the best ways to make new friends as you are going to be surrounded by people who are also passionate about a cause and see the value in spending their time giving back. These are the kinds of friends you want to have in your life!
Getting involved in environmental activities or volunteering projects connects you with your community and broadens your network, while also connecting you with neighbourhood resources and fun and fulfilling activities.
If you are shy, have a hard time meeting new people, or have just moved to Dubai, this type of activity is ideal because it is a chance to practice and refine your social skills. Once you have met some people, you will find it easier to branch out and make more friends. Alternatively, doing these types of activities with friends and family is a fantastic way to deepen your relationships and change the world together! You can read the article about how to have fun with colleagues in Dubai
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3. You Can Reconnect With Nature
Nature is at the heart of all of us, and in order to help protect the planet, we need to get back to treating the environment with care. There is an urgent need for humans to reconnect with their natural heritage in order to start preserving the land, seas, and biodiversity they support.
By taking part in environmental activities in Dubai (and convincing your friends and family to come along as well), you are allowing yourself to reconnect with nature by discovering the natural wonders of UAE.
What’s more, volunteers tend to be happier and healthier individuals because it feels good to be giving back and to be making a difference in the lives of others. There is plenty of research that demonstrates the positive correlations between human health, intelligence, and nature.
Plus, nature relieves stress and helps improve physical health, while volunteering helps to combat depression, increases self-confidence, and helps to provide you with a sense of purpose. In other words, taking the time to reconnect with nature is not only good for the planet, but also for you!
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4. Explore New Places
By choosing to spend time getting involved in environmental activities, you are also choosing to explore new places in your surrounding area, as this is an ideal way to start having some more outdoor adventures. For example, if you live in the UAE and you want to get involved in environmental activities, you are also going to be able to get out and have fun in new places that you didn’t even know existed!
You can opt to take part in nature activities with friends, do a trial run to push your limits, kayak through the mangroves, or do a beach clean-up – all in places that you (probably) have never been to before. By participating in these types of environmental activities and natural events, you will find yourself having a profound, new appreciation for nature and biodiversity.
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Are you considering getting involved in environmental activities in 2020? Why or why not? Is saving the environment something that you and your friends are passionate about?
Let us know your thoughts and any relevant experiences in the comments below!
Rasha El Saleh is the Conservation Education and Outreach Coordinator in the education team of Emirates Nature-WWF working on its programme, Connect with Nature. She leads the outreach and youth empowerment aspect in growing the Connect with Nature community within the UAE and providing opportunities for youth to lead in this community, in addition to supporting partnerships with vendors supporting and promoting active aspects of the programme.