Scouts are Environmental Ambassadors in Indian Ocean Zone
Scouts in the Indian Ocean Zone of Africa are taking the lead in supporting young people to learn about and care for the environment, with the establishment of an Environment Embassy to assist national leaders of the Indian Ocean Zone National Scout Organizations, supported by staff of the African Regional Office and Central Office. The objectives of the Environment Embassy are to share, discuss and develop ideas, experiences and best practices surrounding the issues of the environment and sustainable development.
This initiative is part of the broader World Scout Environment Programme, which was recently adopted at the 38th World Scout Conference in Korea, offering a clear direction to engage the 28 million members of the World Organization of the Scout Movement to work together for the good of the local and global environment.
One of the first actions of the Environment Embassy members was to share their Clean Up the World (CUW) weekend activities with the CUW campaign which took place in September, and the Embassy took part in the World Scout Challenge during the JOTI/JOTA weekend in October. Lalaina Randriarimanana from Madagascar, Valerie Savy from Seychelles, Maita Madelon from Mauritius and Jeanne Norbert Rasoloarisoa from Madagascar are just four of the ambassadors that are keen to work towards maximising the potential of the World Scout Environment Programme and raising awareness on related issues.
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