The world is being threatened by climate change and Scouts have the opportunity to have their actions recognised and their voices heard amongst the world's leaders on this important issue. In December 2009, The United Nations will hold a Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark where world leaders will decide what future we would like to see for our shared planet. In light of the current international focus on climate change and environmental awareness, the World Organization of the Scout Movement reaffirms its commitment to the environment and tackling climate change by urging Scouts around the world to demonstrate their leadership capabilities and take action.
Several co-operative partnerships have been established between WOSM and other organisations that have committed themselves to tackling the climate change challenge. Scouts have many opportunities to show their concern for the environment and to share what action they are taking on the climate change challenge, which can be seen by the local community and international community. We urge Scouts worldwide to engage in the following campaigns, visit the websites and participate in vocalising our pledge in our mission of “Creating a Better World”.
Unite for Climate
Unite for Climate is your entry point into the world of youth action on Climate Change. Here you can join an online community working on Climate Change, find out how young people are responding to climate change, learn about their experiences, and join campaigns from around the world.
Our mission is to support young people's action on climate change around the world by providing easy and efficient tools to organize their action. The online community is specifically focused on youth action from around the world.
The official launch of Unite for Climate will take place at the United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) International Children's and Youth Conference in Daejeon, Republic of Korea on the 20th August. This is the portal for Scouts to join the participants of conference and to share their opinion in a statement on climate change that will be given to the world leaders in Copenhagen.
Join in and register to the WOSM Group with the following link: http://my.uniteforclimate.org/
Check out the official site of Unite for Climate at: http://www.uniteforclimate.org
Seal the Deal
The UN-led Seal the Deal! Campaign aims to galvanise political will and public support for reaching a comprehensive global climate agreement in Copenhagen in December. Reaching a deal by the time the meeting ends on December 18 will depend not only on political negotiations but also on public pressure from around the globe. Public support must be galvanised.
To do this, the United Nations has launched “Seal the Deal!”, a campaign that encourages users to sign an online, global petition which will be presented to world leaders. The petition will serve as a reminder that world leaders must negotiate a fair, balanced and effective agreement in Copenhagen, and that they must seal a deal to power green growth, protect our planet and build a more sustainable, prosperous global economy that will benefit all nations and all people.
Use the following link to visit the web site, sign up and vote: http://www.sealthedeal2009.org/
The Billion Tree Campaign
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a major worldwide tree planting campaign. Under the Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign, people, communities, business and industry, civil society organisations and governments are encouraged to enter tree planting pledges online with the objective of planting at least one billion trees worldwide each year. In a call to further individual and collective action, UNEP has set a new goal of planting 7 billion trees by the end of 2009.
The campaign strongly encourages the planting of indigenous trees and trees that are appropriate to the local environment. Scouts have already registered millions of trees they have planted and have several stories published on the website and are encouraged to continue to share their tree planting efforts at:http://www.unep.org/billiontreecampaign/
Clean Up the World
Clean Up the World is a community based environmental program that inspires and empowers individuals and communities from every corner of the globe to clean up, fix up and conserve their environment.
The campaign brings together businesses, community groups, schools, governments and individuals in a range of activities and programs that positively improve local environments.
Since the first Clean Up the World campaign in 1993 the improvements achieved due to the efforts of millions of concerned volunteers around the world have been astounding. Scouts have been involved at a local level with this campaign from the beginning and in 2008 and 2009 WOSM have officially partnered as an Ally to the Clean Up the World Campaign.
Learn more: http://www.cleanuptheworld.org
Register at: http://activities.cleanuptheworld.org/
Earth Hour's Vote Earth!
In March this year Scouts in at least 45 countries joined hundreds of millions of people around the world for Earth Hour and sent a message with their light switches that they vote for 'Earth' over 'Global Warming'. You can continue to 'Vote Earth' in the lead-up to the crucial UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen this December by doing something that helps reduce the impact of global warming and declaring that as your 'Vote for Earth'.
You might be regenerating a local wetland, you might be changing the light bulbs in your house, you might be talking about climate change to your friends. Any positive action for the planet is a 'Vote for Earth' - it can be as easy or as complex as you choose. We're producing new stuff all the time to help you show your friends, family and the rest of the online community how you are 'Voting Earth'. Follow this link to find out more: http://www.earthhour.org/home/
Time for Climate Justice “tck tck tck”
The clock is ticking. In December of this year, the United Nations will meet to decide on the replacement of the Kyoto protocol, a defining agreement that will determine the future of our planet in the face of the climate crisis. People around the world are dying today as a result of climate change and without our collective action, this will continue. We have a collective opportunity to stop the clock.
Become a Climate Ally, by recording and uploading yourself saying 'tck'. This will register you as someone who wants to see climate justice delivered. Our aim is to create the biggest online petition ever, that will be targeted at the world leaders attending the Copenhagen talks, demanding that they make fair and robust decisions that deliver a just climate deal.
Every way you engage registers you as an ally, so get everyone you know involved, pass the message on to your friends and family to do the same. You can get even more involved by purchasing climate tags and other apparel, or simply spreading the message in your area (see the downloads section for more easy ideas). Together we can deliver justice. Tck tck tck. It's time for climate justice.
Use the following links to sign up to the petition and upload your “tck”
Picture 1: Scouts provide relief support after Cyclone Cidr, © Bangladesh Scouts