Earth Tribe launches as new education initiative for environmental action
Today we are excited to announce a major milestone with the launch of the Earth Tribe - a new initiative for environmental education that will engage young people in a global movement for environmental action. The Earth Tribe will replace the World Scout Environment Programme, which was conceptualised in 2008 to enhance our work around environmental education in Scouting.
The Earth Tribe is an exciting new offering, as part of the Better World Framework, to support young people in developing the key competencies needed to become environmental leaders. This new initiative, which focuses on the environment and sustainability, also builds on the commitment through Scouts for SDGs to mobilize the Movement in contributing towards the Sustainable Development Goals.
Through the Earth Tribe, young people can learn how their personal choices and habits have an impact on the environment. They can learn this by taking action in their communities through a series of engaging Earth Tribe Challenges to preserve and protect our planet.
The launch of the Earth Tribe, which coincides with World Environment Day, is designed to ensure that Scouting continues to offer a relevant and self-progressive education experience that tackles some of the most pressing environmental challenges facing our planet, such as the urgency of climate change, reliance on fossil fuels, rising consumption habits, and a loss of nature and biodiversity.
The new initiative is the result of extensive input and contributions from young people, educational experts, volunteers and nearly 100 National Scout Organizations (NSOs) from across the Movement. These insights were gathered during the 24th World Scout Jamboree, World Non-Formal Education Forum, Regional Scout Conferences, and a recent workshop on the future of education in Scouting.
The initiative has also benefited from a comprehensive alignment with the UNESCO Education for Sustainable Development learning objectives as part of the Better World Framework, and a full review by some of the world’s leading environmental organisations, including WWF and UN Environment. Our continued engagement with these organisations will enable NSOs and partners to continue to support each other in environmental education and awareness activities.
Whether at home or in the community, Scouts and Adult Leaders are invited to join the global Earth Tribe community by taking part in a series of Earth Tribe Challenges focused on four learning paths related to environment and sustainability. Among the first Challenges to be featured as part of the Earth Tribe are the Champions for Nature Challenge designed in partnership with WWF, the Tide Turners Plastic Challenge designed in partnership with UN Environment, and the Scouts Go Solar Challenge designed in partnership with Solafrica.
As the Earth Tribe continues to grow as a platform for environmental action, more Challenges and gamification elements involving partners will be added to the initiative, providing even more opportunities for young people to earn recognition badges and become champions for sustainability.
A series of new Earth Tribe implementation manuals and Challenge action kits have been developed to enable NSOs and Adult Leaders to introduce the new initiative within their existing national Youth Programme. These tools, resources and materials, along with information about the Earth Tribe Challenges, are available at earthtribe.scout.org.
If you have any questions or require further guidance on how to integrate the Earth Tribe and its Challenges into your national Youth Programme, please contact Cynthia Marquez (email@example.com), Senior Manager for Educational Initiatives and Messengers of Peace at the World Scout Bureau.
Yours in Scouting,
World Organization of the Scout Movement