Clean Seas Challenge take over Interamerica
As Scouts we are active citizens and we take part in initiatives that help the environment constantly , like the “Scout for the SDGs” initiative.
For a couple of years, the world has achieved an impressive economic expansion, this has been accompanied by massive pollution. As populations grow, their waste grows. Today 300 million tons of plastic waste are produced. Only 9% of all plastic wastes have been recycled and about 12% are incinerated; the remaining 79% is accumulating in landfills, landfills or in the environment.
Every year more than 8 million tons of plastic end up in our oceans, where they poison and affect sea animals and creatures.
That is why in 2017 the Clean Seas campaign was launched, by the United Nations Environment Program, which works with governments, industry and consumers to urgently reduce the production and excessive use of disposable plastic that pollutes the oceans, damages marine life and threatens human health.
And today it is up to all Scouts in the Interamerican Region to join the challenge. This campaign aims to encourage cubs, scouts, ventures and rovers to reduce the consumption of plastics through the " Less Garbage Challenge / Clean Seas". And together with the United Nations Environment Program in 10 weeks reduce consumption and plastic waste.
Each of the participants will evaluate the types of disposable plastic that they usually use in their daily lives (straw / straw / reed, bags, glasses, PET bottles, for example) and will commit to reduce the use of one type during the period of the challenge (10 weeks), reporting to an adult (unit chief) every week, keeping a record of consumption. At the beginning of time, goals will be set in each of the groups and depending on the results, the participants will be able to wear the badges in their uniforms.
Sixty countries have joined to the campaign —21 in the Americas— pledging to cut back on single-use plastics, protect national waters and encourage more recycling. The campaign now represents the world’s largest global alliance for combatting marine plastic pollution. And it’s not just governments. People around the world are refusing single-use plastics, and more than 105,000 users have taken the Clean Seas pledge to reduce their plastic footprint.
For more information contact:
María Amparo Lasso, Regional Communication Director for the Latin America and the Caribbean, UNEP. +507 305-3182.
José Gabriel Criollo, Insitutional Development Director for the World Scout Bureau- Interamerican Region . +507 605-87327.
For more information about the badget implementation read the documents below