Volunteerism in the Context of Environmental Non Governmental Organizations in Greece

By Spyros Roumeliotis and Nikoleta Jones.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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The resolution of environmental problems and the minimization of environmental degradation is a major challenge. In this context, the role of civil society organizations is crucial in order to promote collaboration of several entities and also to enforce citizens’ participation. The present article aims to explore volunteerism in the context of Greek Environmental Non Governmental Organizations (ENGOs). In particular, civil society in Greece is characterized as weak and with low levels of volunteerism compared to other European countries. However in the past years an increase of volunteerism has been observed indicating a shift in civil society organizations. In the present article the results of a survey will be presented aiming on volunteers from 16 NGOs functioning in Greece. Through the survey several issues are investigated. regarding the social characteristics of Greek volunteers, means of participation and motivation and sources of information. Through the results of the study it is observed that although there is an increase of participation in the past years, a lack of information aiming on citizens’ motivation remains.

Keywords: Environmental Non Governmental Organizations (ENGOs), Civil Society, Volunteers, Greece

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 12, pp.27-34. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.206MB).

Spyros Roumeliotis

Department of Sociology, University of the Aegean, Mytilene, Greece

Mr. Spyros Roumeliotis is an economist employed in secondary education. He is currently a student in the Department of Sociology of the University of the Aegean. His main research interests include social movement, civil society organizations and environmental education.

Dr. Nikoleta Jones

Researcher, Department of Environment, University of the Aegean, Mytilene, Greece

Ms. Nikoleta Jones is a sociologists and holds an MA in Environmental Policy and Management. She is currently a researcher in the Department of Environment in the University of the Aegean. Her main research interests include the interactions of social capital with natural resources, environmental policy and environmental economics.

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