Alcoa Foundation and World Scouting Join Forces in Creating Sustainability Awareness for Future Generations
Geneva – June 5, 2007 – Today, on World Environment Day, Alcoa Foundation and the World Organization for the Scout Movement announced a joint program promoting sustainability awareness through a worldwide environmental educational Scout program. The program will be initially rolled out in five European countries and will be funded by a two-year $205,000 grant from Alcoa Foundation. Key components of this project will be featured at the 21st World Scout Jamboree scheduled to take place in the UK from July 27 to August 8, 2007.
“In everything they do it’s very clear that Scouts have a deep understanding and respect for our environment,” said Rudi Huber, Alcoa president European region. “We’re very happy that we can contribute, through the support of Alcoa Foundation, in helping these girls and boys to be the leaders of tomorrow by taking the next step to a more sustainable society.”
Dr. Eduardo Missoni, Secretary General of World Scouting, stated: “This joint program is an excellent opportunity to learn from each other and to put best practices in place in some of our largest Scout communities in Europe. We are very glad to benefit from Alcoa Foundation's knowledge and network.”
With this funding and involvement of both Alcoa employees and Scout leaders, World Scouting will develop a sustainability project that will initially be rolled out in Germany, Hungary, Italy, Switzerland and the UK, beginning on 5 June 2007. The roll out will be done through the National Scout Organizations in close cooperation with local Alcoa plants. The program will support the work of the Environment Education Task Team of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, which is developing a series of initiatives to enhance its environmental educational program throughout the world. These developments aim to ensure that the Scouts of today will be prepared for the environmental challenges they will face in the future. Some of these educational programs will be demonstrated through environment workshops at the Global Development Village at the upcoming World Scout Jamboree in the UK.
For more information about Scouting's environment activities, visit the new Environment Section