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Scouts join millions across the globe to restore and protect nature

1st Jan 2010

This year Scouts will be joining millions across the globe in cleaning up their local parks, waterways and forests in an effort to restore and protect nature in this year’s Clean Up the World Weekend (CUW).

The World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM), has been an official ally of Clean up the World since 2008, promoting involvement to its 30 million Scouts in 161 countries.

In 2010, the 18th Clean Up the World Weekend will be held on the 17-19 of September. The campaign, held in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and in support of the United Nations 2010 International Year of Biodiversity , encourage its participants to conduct environmental activities with a special focus this year on protecting biodiversity in their communities. Mobilizing global communities at the grassroots level to clean up, fix up and conserve their local environment is one of the main goals of this campaign.

Activities will range from cleaning up small villages to national clean up events. Across many regions communities will also be implementing recycling programmes, restoration projects, tree planting and educational activities.

From Australia to Zimbabwe, there are already 16 National Scout Associations who have already pledged to act in this years Clean Up the World campaign, Chairman and Founder, Ian Kiernan AO, thanked WOSM for its continued support to the campaign:

“We are proud to have the World Organization of the Scout Movement as an ally of Clean Up the World. The environment has been central to the organization since its inception and the participation of so many Scout Groups over the Weekend is a true testament to the Scout Movement’s commitment to nature,” he said.

World Scouting urges interested groups to register with Clean Up the World by visiting the activities section on the Clean Up the World website.

More information:

WOSM and Clean Up The World Media release

Information on Clean up the World

CUW Media resources

CUW Chairman and Founder, Ian Kiernan's Message: