Rovers in Pakistan join National Hike, take Tide Turners Challenge
Pakistan Boy Scouts Association (PBSA) organized its 27th National Hike for Rover Scouts and Scout Leaders from all over Pakistan last 8-14 August 2020. Around 105 Rover Scouts hiked in the northern part of Pakistan with luscious greeneries and forests, with majestic mountain ranges and lakes.
Coming from a long pause of activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this was the first physical and outdoor activity by PBSA. Aimed not just to rekindle Scouts’ spirit to have a healthy lifestyle through physical activities, they also targeted to provide positive impact to the local communities where they hiked.
In connection with this local impact, they were briefed about the recently launched Tide Turners Plastic Challenge (TTPC), in which they learned their role as Scouts in reducing plastic usage in their daily lives, families, and communities. Scouts during the hike tried to leave positive impact by doing garbage collection, community clean-up, and information drives to local tourists about the negative impact of plastic in the environment not just to life under water but also on land.
Imran Razzaque, a Rover Scout in the hike said, “Although this is my first time to take part in this hike, we have learned that along [the hike] it is our duty to take care of our environment as there will be no one else who can do this better than us humans.” Saqib Khan, another Rover Scout said that “this time was different because we were also briefed about TTPC and that made us decide that this was not just a hike but a challenge we have to accept.” Another Scout participant, Muhammad Haris, said that “it was lovely to see nature as I have never seen these before. I liked the hike most because TTPC was involved and with that we collected plastic and discouraged people to use plastic from their daily lives.”
Their Hike Leader, Manzoor Shah, said “the most important is to make this habit of reducing plastic a permanent part of our lives. As TTPC aims to achieve a change behaviour of people against single-use plastics and choose more sustainable alternatives, we are to see a success in our move to reduce plastic waste on land and water in Pakistan through this alternative.’
Are you ready to take the challenge together with Imran, Saqib, Muhammad, and Manzoor from Pakistan? Join us in our move to turn the tide against plastics! Read more at http://earthtribe.scout.org/tide-turners-plastic.html
By Aaron Bryan Lopez (WSB-APR) with reports from Talat Jehan of Pakistan Boy Scouts Association