Scouts are encouraged at all levels to identify suitable partners that can support the development and delivery of environment education in Scouting. WOSM has been working with several partner organisations and co-operating with NSOs to develop the World Scout Environment Programme.
There are many opportunities for Scouts to engage with these partner organisations, with competitions, campaigns, resources, events and grants available. Please explore the links below for more information.
Alcoa Foundation is a nonprofit U.S. corporate foundation with assets of approximately US$542 million. Its mission is to actively invest in the quality of life in Alcoa communities worldwide. Throughout its history, Alcoa Foundation has invested in local community projects to be a source of positive community change and enhancement, with over US$465 million invested since 1952.
Alcoa Foundation and WOSM have developed a partnership focused on environment and sustainability education in Scouting. A two-year $US205,000 grant has supported the Environment Education Task Team in developing the World Scout Environment Programme. This grant also assisted environmental education activities at major events such as the World Scout Jamboree. In addition, five European countries (Germany, Hungary, Italy, Switzerland and the United Kingdom) are supported in further developing their environmental programmes. This partnership has been extended in 2008/09 with a $US50,000 grant to develop a leader training package to support the delivery of the World Scout Environment Programme.
Clean Up the World
Clean Up the World is a not-for-profit, non-government, apolitical organisation that unites communities with a common focus to clean up the world. Scout groups in any city, town or village can get involved in Clean Up the World by simply having their National Scout Organization register. Scouts have been actively involved in this UNEP sponsored programme since it's beginning in 1993 and Scouts are further encouraged to be involved, with the primary focus over the Clean Up the World weekend annually held in the third weekend in September.
United Nations Environment Programme
The United Nations Environment Programme provides leadership and encourages partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.
World Scouting's official status with UNEP was confirmed with the Memorandum of Understanding in 2004, which helps support the Scouts' global and local ventures with UNEP.
World Scouting's ventures with UNEP extends beyond specific environmental education projects. The Scouts attended UNEP's Governing Council Meetings in 2003 and UNEP carried out an environmental awareness workshop at the Global Development Village in 2003. Furthermore, in 1990, the two organizations collaborated on and published “Scouting: Action for the Environment”, a document which helps National Scout Organisations (NSOs) integrate environmental education into the overall Scout program.
The Volvo Adventure - in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme - is an educational programme that rewards environmental activities and the decision-makers of the future. To enter, you form a team of 2 to 5 members aged 13 to 16 (at competition opening - July 1st 2009). Perform an environmental project in your local community & submit the project via our online submission tool before the competition deadline, January 31st 2011.
Projects are judged and the best projects are selected for an all expenses paid trip to Göteborg, Sweden where they can win: 1st place = 10,000 USD, 2nd = 6,000 USD and 3rd = 4,000 USD.
See the registration details and guidelines for more information from: www.volvoadventure.org
WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) is one of the largest environmental organisations in the world with more than 2000 WWF conservation projects currently underway around the world. The vast majority of these focus on local issues. They range from school nature gardens in Zambia, to initiatives that appear on the packaging in supermarkets, from the restoration of orangutan habitats to the establishment of giant panda reserves. WWF have a long-standing relationship with WOSM and are happy to provide ongoing support for developing environment and sustainability programmes in Scouting.