Happy 45th Anniversary to Earth Day!
40 million young people – boys and girls – from some 223 countries and territories around the globe are Scouts.
Today, along with other world leaders – including our top Scout at the United Nations, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon - World Scouting is making a powerful commitment to support the Sustainable Development Goals.
Never before in the history of humankind has there been such compelling evidence of the need to take action to care for our planet. By learning to live with nature, Scouts are on the frontline taking action to protect it. This should be of no surprise: Scouts have always been, and always will be, about taking action.
In just over two years of implementing our new flagship programme “Messengers of Peace,” Scouts have already logged over 600 million hours in service projects undertaken in their local neighbourhoods, communities, schools and parks. Visit our scout.org website to read what incredible projects Scouts are completing.
Today, our 40 million global citizens, who call themselves Scouts, are eager to join others and make a commitment to achieve these development goals.
Take the Scouts of Kenya as an example. They recognised the need to replenish their depleted forests. So they pledged to the government of Kenya to plant 20 million trees… 17 million are already in the ground.And that is just one country that has only one million Scouts. Imagine the enormous impact when 40 million Scouts around the globe commit to planting trees as well.
That is why I stand before you today to declare, with confidence, that Scouts worldwide will log an additional one billion hours of community service, including planting trees, over the next five years.
Yes, our Scouts are all about action.
Through their actions, we can help fulfil the objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals and Scouting’s cause – “To create a better world.”
My name is Scott Teare.
I am a Scout.
I am a Messenger of Peace.
And I am proud to serve as Secretary General of the World Organization of the Scout Movement.