Environmental Education in Scouting aims to help Scouts to work towards a world where
- People and natural systems have clean water and clean air
- Sufficient natural habitat exists to support native species
- The risk of harmful substances to people and the environment are minimised
- The most suitable environmental practices are used
- People are prepared to respond to environmental hazards and natural disasters
The WSEP offers tools, resources and initiatives to help Scouts worldwide work together for the improvement of the local and global environment. Through it, Scouts get to engage in environmental education activities where they learn more about nature and the environment. The knowledge acquired through this programme empowers them to make informed choices about the environment, people and society – choices that reflect the Scout Promise and Law.
When the WSEP was launched in 2008, the World Scout Environment Badge under its programme replaced the World Conservation Badge. The World Conservation Badge was limited to the conservation of the environment, compared to the World Scout Environment Badge which has a holistic focus on Environmental Education in Scouting, which is related but not limited to environmental conservation, protection, preservation, promotion and sustainability.
The World Scout Environment Badge programme focuses on the environment in a broad sense and encourages Scouts to have a holistic awareness of the natural world and how their day-to-day actions impact it, progressively building a sense of personal responsibility for the environment. The badge is presented to Scouts in recognition of their learning and commitment to the environment.