As the Climate Change talks are going on at the The International Convention Centre Durban (ICC), around 70 Scouts get the great opportunity every day to do a program on Climate Change in the Kwazulu-Natal Scouts Headquarters. The Kids arrive in the morning and are educated about Climate Change, the COP17, Food-Gardening and Scouting in Germany. In a rotating system they don’t only sit and listen, but are involved in an active program.
After an icebreaker-game the Scouts get divided into four groups.
1. In one of the groups they get an Input on Climate Change. Here questions like “How can I prevent Climate Change?” are discussed. The Scouts are doing collages and mind-mapping on the topic. Some of the very young scouts get to know basic information.
2. In the next group they do a similar thing about the COP17 itself. This gives them a very brief and non-technical overview of what the conference is all about and what they can expect in the city in the afternoon.
3. The third workshop is all about FOOD FOR LIFE, a program run by the South African Scout Association(SASA) educating about food gardening and how to start your own little garden.
4. The Scouts in Germany (DPSG) are running a joint annual campaign with SASA, ‘Our world Our challenge’. A German Scout is telling the kids about Scouting in Germany. In this workshop, questions like “How can you have a troop meeting without a flag-break start?!” are answered and games from Germany are played.
Because of the rotating system of activities, every Scout is able to attend every workshop.
In the afternoon all the Scouts are taken to the beach at the Greenpeace tent for a screening of a Movie and an exhibition they can visualize what they learned during the morning. They also have a fun part of the day where they get either to do a short bongo-drum workshop or a skill-workshop on climbing and how to use bow-and-arrow.
The Scouts enjoy themselves and their interest in Climate Change is developed. For many of them this is their first trip to the city of Durban and being part of the happenings at the conference is an experience of a lifetime. SASA is planting the seeds in the youth of today so that they may be leaders of a more sustainable future tomorrow.