Did you know that there are everyday heroes working in your own backyard right now to protect and restore our precious environment for future generations?
Landcare is a community based volunteer movement made up of individuals and groups who work on managing environmental issues in their local areas. The movement began nationally in 1989, through initiatives aimed at improving agricultural productivity through sustainable land management. Landcare has since evolved to encompass a much broader focus on the sustainable management of all of Australia’s natural resources and includes projects across the whole country, from coastal to urban and remote areas of Australia.
Landcare groups are established when a group of people identify a problem in their local environment and work together on a practical solution. The groups that come under the Landcare umbrella work on a diverse range of environmental projects and fall under a wide range of names, including Rivercare, Bushcare, Coastcare, Friends of, and Dunecare. Landcare also includes farmers embracing sustainable farm management and any community group that partakes in volunteer environmental activities.
A survey conducted of Landcare groups to coincide with Landcare Week 2011, shows a movement of dedicated people who are concerned for the future of our natural resources and need all of us to assist them to continue with their valuable work.
The survey, conducted by Landcare Australia to investigate the main issues facing the Landcare movement, and the needs of its volunteers, found that 98% of the 653 volunteers surveyed admitted to being concerned for the future of Australia’s natural resources. 83% also believe that the main aim of their groups’ activities is to protect the local environment for future generations.
43% of respondents however, believe that in order for their group to remain active and maintain its membership, the greatest need is for new volunteers to join up, with 74% of those surveyed admitting to actively recruiting for new group members.
Volunteering with Landcare doesn’t have to be a regular weekly or even monthly commitment. It doesn’t even have to mean getting your hands dirty! Landcare groups need all types of assistance from all types of people. Landcare volunteers come from all walks of life and inspire in many different ways.