SOWA and WSEP
The Scouts of the World Award was launched in order to encourage a stronger involvement of Senior and Rover Scouts (aged 15-26) in the development of society by making them more aware of the global issues concerning the world today.
The Scouts of the World Award concerns global citizenship preparation for young adults and emphasises the three core themes environment, development and peace.
The Scouts of the World Award is made up of two parts:
1. Scouts of the World Discovery
The Scouts of the World Discovery is a trip lasting several days, organised with a focus on environment, development or peace. This exploration should enable the participants to gain an in-depth knowledge of the issues involved within their chosen field, to identify possible solutions to a given problem and to plan and implement a connected project.
2. Scouts of the World Voluntary Service
A Scouts of the World Voluntary Service is a period of personal commitment to develop a community project, corresponding to the theme of the Scouts of the World Discovery. The Voluntary Service must be a sufficient number of days and can be served in one stretch or divided into different parts.
The Scouts of the World Award is operated by National Scout Organizations and is granted to everyone (Scouts and non-Scouts) who has successfully accomplished a “Scouts of the World Discovery” and a “Scouts of the World Voluntary Service”. The programme was developed keeping in mind Scouting’s contribution to the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and will continue to contribute to the Post 2015 development agenda.
The Scouts of the World Award is an initiative to help National Scout Organisations revitalise the programme of Senior Sections (15-26 age range) by giving young people more opportunities to face the challenges of the future as identified by the Millennium Declaration unanimously adopted by the 189 member countries of the United Nations in 2000:
Peace, security and disarmament;
Development and the eradication of poverty;
The protection of our common environment.
It is proposed to young people from 15 to 26 years old, Scouts (Senior-Scouts and Rover sections) or non-Scouts, willing to contribute to make the world a better place. It should help to improve the programme of the senior sections (over 15). This is why National Scout Organisations are invited to integrate the Scouts of the World Award within the programme of their Senior-Scout or Rover sections.
The Scouts of the World Award has been developed in the framework of the Strategic priorities “Youth Involvement” and “Adolescents” approved by the World Scout Conference in Thessaloniki 2002.
This Guidelines comprises a number of very simple and concrete sections covering the following topics:
1. NO PROVERTY
2. ZERO HUNGER
3. GOOD HEALTHAND WELL BEING
4. QUALITY EDUCATION
5. GENDER EQUALITY
6. CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION
7. AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY
8. DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
9. INDUSTRY INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE
10. REDUCED INEQUALITIES
11. SUSTINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES
12. RESPONISIBLE CONSUMPTION
13. CLIMATE ACTION
14. LIFE BELOW WATER
15. LIFE ON LAND
16. PEACE JUSTICE AND STRONG INSTITUTIONS
17. PARTNERSHIP FOR THE GOLES
In it I took 15th one LIFE ON LANE because it is the most important one now a day. For this one, Environment is the most important, without environment no one can life, so I planned to save the environment.
35 reasons why humankind should save the environment or at least be environmentally conscious.
1. The environment helps in protecting the ecosystem: Changes affecting the ecosystem put multiple species in the danger of extinction necessitating the need of protecting the environment. Ecosystems are deeply connected to one another.
2. Protecting the environment protects humanity: Pollution is one of the most hazardous factors affecting the environment. It affects the quality of food leading to the ingestion of toxic substances.
3. Humans have a moral obligation to preserve nature and its features: Humans are responsible for taking care of the environment. Protecting the environment would be an act of fulfilling their compulsions.
4. Biodiversity is a significant part of life in the world: Biodiversity not only consists of the animals living of earth but also the forests, grasslands and tundra, which are significant features in maintaining the life-cycle of the eco-system.
5. Forests provide raw materials for various consumer products: Forests are a significant part of the environment, which helps in providing various raw materials such as food, rubber, timber and essential oils. Forest management means availability and sustainable use of these natural resources.
6. Forests provide habitats for a variety of species: Almost half of the species live in forests thus destroying the forests would lead to the destruction of the ecosystem at large.
7. The way in which a person protects the environment reflects their personality: Just as the way you treat other people reflects your personality, the way you treat the environment reflects who you actually are. A good person will treat the environment responsibly. So treat the environment well and prove that you indeed have a good personality.
8. It is a way to give to your generation: One will be happier in life if you focus on giving rather than receiving. Treating the environment well is one way to give to the others in your generation. By treating the environment well, you make the planet a better place to live for everyone. You help yourself and others to have higher quality of life.
9. It is a way to give to the future generations: Not only protecting the environment benefits people in current generation; it will also benefit people in many generations to come. This planet is our legacy to the future generations.
10. It is a way to give back to the planet: Whether we realize it or not, we can only live by consuming resources provided by this planet. Take energy for instance. We only get the energy by utilizing resources like oil and coal provided by the earth. This is not to mention basic needs like food and water.
11. The environment is effective in generating successful food chain: The sun provides light for the plants. The plants are food for the animals that are in turn consumed by other animals. Therefore, destroying the environment would destroy the food chain system.
12. The trees that are a significant part of the environment helps in keeping the climate cool: trees play a significant role in creating shades on the ground. Urban trees help buildings stay cool, reducing the need for electric fans or air conditioners, while large forests can tackle daunting tasks.
13. The environment is useful in maintaining the earth’s balance: Trees also have another way to beat the heat: absorb CO2 that fuels global warming. Plants need some CO2 for photosynthesis which is stored in wood, leaves and soil, often for centuries. The forests equally absorb impurities from emissions.
14. A balanced ecosystem results in rain: large forests have the tendency of influencing the weather patterns hence creating their own microclimates.
15. Trees, a significant part of the environment, play a critical role in the refilling of aquifers: Forests are like giant sponges, catching runoff rather than letting it roll across the surface, but they cannot absorb all of it. Water that gets past their roots trickles down into aquifers, replenishing groundwater supplies that are important for drinking, sanitation and irrigation around the world.
16. Trees play a significant role in blocking the wind: Farming near a forest has many benefits, like bats and songbirds that eat insects or owls and foxes that eat rats. Nevertheless, trees can also serve as windbreakers, reducing wind speeds of wind-sensitive crops. In addition, beyond protecting those plants, less wind makes it easier for bees to pollinate them.
17. Trees help in keeping dirt in its place: A forest’s root network stabilizes huge amounts of soil, bracing the entire ecosystem’s foundation against erosion by wind or water. Not only does deforestation disrupt all that, but also the ensuing soil erosion can trigger new, life-threatening problems like landslides and dust storms.
18. Many animals need the environment for survival: As the environment gets destroyed, the more animals in the ecosystem perish. As the environment is degrading, most of the animal species face extinction.
19. Preserving the environment could prevent soil erosion: Soil erosion is a factor that occurs due to various human activities that have led to environmental degradation. Erosion can occur naturally from the impact of water and wind, or it can be encouraged by irresponsible farming practices.
20. Maintaining the environment slows down global warming: Deforestation adds more carbon and carbon dioxide that capture and absorb heat, thus speeding up the process of global warming by making the Earth hotter. The forest slows this process down because carbon dioxide is stored in the trees and also converts it to the oxygen.
21. Maintaining the environment leads to the creation of the natural watersheds: The plants and trees in the forest catch rain and other types of moisture. It helps water to naturally discharge into larger water bodies like the lakes and rivers. This maintains water quality and enables aquatic systems to flourish.
22. The environment provides an excellent source of groundwater: The Forest Service has reported that 20% of our drinking water comes from forests. In forest ecosystems, rain and moisture is made into groundwater that is collected as freshwater used for drinking.
23. The forest, a useful part of the environment, helps us to breathe: Did you know that more than 10 people can get nourished by oxygen from a single tree? Well, trees are the typical lungs of the earth as they absorb carbon dioxide and change it to oxygen thereby allowing survival on earth.
24. The forest gives us clean air: The air we breathe is less harmful to us because the forest trees act as a natural filter to remove the harmful particles.
25. Maintaining the environment leads to less solar radiation: In small doses, the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun are good for us and provide a healthy dose of vitamin D. But, when we are exposed to too much sun, it can be uncomfortable and lead to skin cancer or many other health issues. UV rays are made less powerful because the forest has the ability to weaken solar radiation.
While starting this project I am alone started but now many of my friends also doing. We are also giving plants and tree to Student, publics. My first project is Tress and plant distribution in my school. Later many project I done for our environment. But I am not having the photos of my all project because before starting of SOWA in India I started it that’s why I not taken any photos I just done for my environment. I worked for this project more than 300 hours but I am not having proper proof so, I am just adding 100 hours to my service hours. This is not end of my project I just take it has beginning and I like to work more for this.
I like to save environment, environment is more important to live on land. Only I can’t save the environment so, please everyone start to save our environment, If you are not save it’s ok but don’t spoil it.