For more than 100 years, Scouting has helped young people to connect with the outdoors, learn from nature and care for the environment. From identifying ways to reduce water consumption in Australia, educating communities on recycling in Mexico, reducing carbon emissions in Southern Africa, protecting forests from wildfire in France, cleaning sea shores in Libya, to planting trees and undertaking clean up campaigns across the globe, Scouts around the world are taking positive action to tackle the environmental problems facing us.
In this respect and in order to continue keeping its vision of “Creating a better world” World Scouting has developed programmes and educational materials that help in raising awareness of the environment. In order to help in delivering this message, the Scout Movement has also established Co-operative partnerships and Memorandums of Understanding with UN Agencies as well as NGOs such as WWF, GCCA and many others.
This is why at 20.00 hrs on 2nd Jan. 2011 during the 11th World Scout Youth Forum, we will take a concrete step to save our planet through' the Earth Hour'
Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned off their lights forone hour to take a stand against climate change. Only a year later Earth Hour had become a global sustainability movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries participating. Global landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, CN Tower in Toronto, Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and Rome’s Colosseum, all stood in darkness, as symbols of hope for a cause that grows more urgent by the hour.
At 8.30pm on Saturday 26 March 2011, Earth Hour will celebrate a worldwide commitment to ongoing change for the betterment of one thing that unites us all – the planet. The slogan of the Earth Hour this year is: Earth Hour 2011: For the Planet… By the People. You can also help to spread the idea of Earth Hour this year by organising your own Earth Hour events. It can be large or small, a dinner party with some close friends or a street party for the whole neighbourhood. You can visit www.eathhour.org to learn more.
As Scouts, we promised to help in all circumstances. We will add our voice to the hundreds of millions across the globe who have already spoken with their actions and we will make our own Earth Hour now … let's start