WOSM supports Earth Hour 2012
Saturday 31st March 2012 from 20.30 to 21.30 will be the Earth Hour 2012. For one hour, millions of people across the world will turn off their lights at those hours and World Scouting joins in our continued support to this initiative. WOSM invites all Scouts around the world to join this global initiative by turning off your lights and taking part in activities that demonstrate your concern for the environment.
The Secretary General of WOSM, Luc Panissod, has participated in this year’s Earth Hour campaign, the ‘I WILL IF YOU WILL’ challenge. Click on the video below to view his challenge and add your own, or just support other challenges by accepting to do something new in your daily life for the environment and help create a better world.
Andy Ridley, the co-founder of Earth Hour, a former Scout is proud of his connections to Scouting, especially with the close collaboration with WOSM and Earth Hour since its inception in 2007. He recollects fondly of his Scouting days when he was a member 1st Sea Scout Group, Lakenham, Norwich (UK), which has historic relevance for the Scout Movement, being one of the first ever Scout Groups formed 103 years ago. It is not surprising that some other key people at Earth Hours’ secretariat were also Scouts. Loryn Garnsey, the Community Partnerships and Special Projects Manager, has been a member of our National Scout Organization (NSO) in Australia (Scouts Australia) for over 10 years, progressing through the various age-sections in Scouting.
Spread the word around to your fellow Scouts, family, friends, community groups you are part of, and participate in the Earth Hour by turning off lights wherever you are for that one hour. In the past, Scout Groups have organised: a campfire evening; group discussions on environment issues followed by a candle-lit dinner; an eco-friendly overnight camp; etc. Share your stories on our facebook page as comments to our Earth Hour post. If you have photos or an interesting example of how you celebrated Earth Hour with your Scouts, email us the photos and a brief description of what you did and we will help share your story with other Scouts around the World.