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Climate Change Resource List for Scouts


Climate change is one of the most critical issues facing children today. Children from marginalized families are especially susceptible to the impacts of climate change, even though they have contributed the least to its causes -- and they often live in the most degraded or polluted environments. 

Rate of environmental degradation puts life on Earth at risk. By degrading land and freshwater systems, emitting greenhouse gases and releasing vast amounts of agricultural chemicals into the environment, humans are “eating away at our own life support systems” at a rate unseen in the past 10,000 years.

A quarter of a billion children live in the 10 countries most vulnerable to climate change, and over the next decades, even more children will live in countries most affected by climate change. Included among the impacts of climate change – both present and projected -- are: reduced water access, increased malnutrition due to droughts, more desertification and floods, increased incidence and spreading of disease, and extreme climate events.

It is our collective responsibility to leave a sustainable world for our children and their children. Or as Scout founder, Robert Baden-Powell said, “Leave this world a little better than you found it.” Here’s a list of resources to help support and guide you and your Scout group in taking action against climate change:

UNICEF PRESENTATION at 23rd World Scout Jamboree

UNICEF Prezi on Climate Change and Children
This Prezi reflects the UNICEF exhibitions at the World Scout Jamboree, offering those Scouts who were unable to attend the opportunity to learn and understand the impacts of climate change in both the present and projected world.

Climate Change: Take Action Now!
A guide to supporting the local actions of children and young people, with special emphasis on girls and young women. This will be given to all Scouts who participate in the UNICEF workshop at the Jamboree. This guide is produced by UNICEF and the Alliance of Youth CEOs, which includes:
Climate Change and Lifestyles Guidebook
Climate Change Youth Guide to Action
Growing Together in a Changing Climate: The United Nations, Young People, and Climate Change
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award International Association/ The International Award Association (IAA)
Victorian Student Representative Council Environmental Resource Kit
World Alliance of YMCAs (YMCA)
Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS)
World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM)
World Young Women’s Christian Association (World YWCA)


Climate Change - Children and Youth
This website, developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in collaboration with WAGGGS, promotes the participation of children and young people in a range of environmental, social and sustainable development issues, including climate change.

European Commission: Our Planet, Our Future: Fighting Climate Change Together.
This youth-friendly publication provides tips and suggestions on what each of us can do to help prevent greenhouse gas emissions.

Make a Difference.
Ideas young people can use during residential events and meetings, camping trips, international exchanges and other visits.

This site aims to “enable a collaborative learning community” providing youth with access to “global opportunities, cross-cultural connections and meaningful participation in decision-making.” The site offers activities, lessons, and games on a wide range of subjects.

Tunza means ‘to treat with care or affection,’ in Kiswahili. It is the name given by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to the strategy for engaging young people in environmental activities.

WAGGGS/FAO, The Right to Food: A Window on the World, 2007
This cartoon book for young people is about the right of every human to have enough food. It tells eight stories, set in different countries, that illustrate how people in every country can work together to overcome shared problems, such as food shortage due to climate change. An accompanying activity guide for teachers and youth leaders is also available at this website.

World Organization of the Scout Movement: Environment Youth Programme.
A website that offers tools, resources and initiatives to help Scouts and other young people work together for the good of the local and global environment.

The YouthXchange Guidebook on Climate Change and Lifestyles which focuses on the challenges, opportunities and good practices to fight climate change, is the first in a series of thematic guidebooks. This series is produced for young people and people working with young people, educators, teachers, trainers and youth leaders around the world.


Create a New Climate for Action
This site from the United States Environmental Protection Agency encourages young people to ‘learn,’ ‘act,’ and ‘lead,’ on issues related to the environment. It includes resources to calculate an individual’s impact on the planet, to learn about climate change and children’s health and to inspire others to get involved.

Gateway to the UN System’s Work on Climate Change
The youth section of this gateway provides information and resources for young people from a range of United Nations agencies.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was created to provide decision-makers and others interested in climate change with an objective source of information.

Pew Center on Global Climate Change
The Center is a research institute that provides information on many aspects of climate change, including information directed at young people.

Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre
This site features articles, reports, films and the answers to frequently asked questions about climate change.

Red Cross/Red Crescent, Climate Guide, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, 2007
This document is primarily a guide for Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies on how to address climate change. However, it begins with a useful section about climate change itself, including the scientific consensus and the humanitarian consequences.

UNICEF, Why Sustainable Energy Matters to Children, 2015.
The critical importance of sustainable energy for children and future generations.

UNICEF, Innocenti Research Centre: The Challenges of Climate Change: Children on the front line, 2014.
This book brings together 40 contributors - scientists, development workers, and experts in health, nutrition and children’s rights - in an attempt to build up a clear picture of what climate change means for the children of today and tomorrow.

UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre and Programme Division, Climate Change and Children: A Human Security Challenge, 2008
The study reviews the implications of climate change for children and future generations and explores in detail the way changes in temperature and rainfall impact child survival, development and protection goals. The role of children as vital participants and agents of change emerges as a key theme.

UNICEF, Climate Change and Children, 2007
This booklet examines the effects of climate change on children, and highlights children’s experiences of natural disasters, disease, water scarcity, food security issues, deforestation and more in their own words.

We Care for Our Climate, World Meteorological Organization, 2004
This simple cartoon from the World Meteorological Organisation explores the causes of climate change and its consequences for the inhabitants of the fictional island of Esidarap.


26th Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Jamboree Social Accountability Module. Check out this video!

Lutheran World Federation: Climate Hero Board Game.
The Lutheran World Federation’s new board game is the perfect chance to share your ideas on cutting carbon and creating a world free from the threat of global warming.

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