WWF and the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) are deepening their collaboration to drive global awareness and action on nature and the environment, in recognition of the enormous challenges facing our planet and the important role of young people in creating a more sustainable world.
Starting with Earth Hour, building mass awareness on the importance of nature will be a priority, with Scouts around the world taking part as a sign of the close collaboration between the two organizations.
Earth Hour has been a game-changer for popularizing climate and environmental action across the globe. This year, as the movement aims to spark global conversations and actions on issues such as healthy forests, plastic-free oceans and wildlife conservation, Scouts worldwide will add their energy and dedication to create even greater impact.
WWF and WOSM will also work together on inspiring mainstream support for environmental action through the World Scout Environment Programme and environmental education.
“WWF is delighted to work closely with the World Organization of the Scout Movement. The environment has always been central to the Scout Movement which plays an important role in connecting people with the natural world,” said Marco Lambertini, Director General, WWF International. “With its extensive network of 50 million Scouts worldwide, we are excited to join forces to create the global momentum we need to inspire young people into creating a sustainable future – and planet – for all. The conversations and actions we start today will help protect nature at the local, national and global levels, and lead us on a journey of living in harmony with nature.”
“World Scouting is proud to support Earth Hour, a movement that has inspired millions around the world to take action in support of our planet,” said Ahmad Alhendawi, Secretary-General, WOSM. “Scouting has always been about being close to nature and we are thrilled to be deepening our relationship with WWF, the world’s largest independent conservation organisation, to give young people the chance to learn more about the environment and the steps they can take to help create a better world.”
World Scouting and WWF first worked together in 1973 on environmental education. The ongoing successful partnership aims to help achieve the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity’s Aichi Biodiversity Target 1, so that hundreds of millions of people understand the values of biodiversity and the current critical condition of our planet. Better informed and aware, people can take actions to protect biodiversity and nature, live more sustainably and expect the same of businesses and their governments. It will also include a new version of one of their earliest joint initiatives, the badge formerly known as the World Conservation Badge (Panda Badge).
WWF and World Scouting will continue to collaborate on the World Scout Environment Programme, now in its tenth year, which enables Scouts to earn the World Scout Environment Badge in recognition of their learning and commitment to the natural world.
As part of its commitment to the environment, WOSM has also established a network of Scout Centres of Excellence for Nature and the Environment (SCENES) around the world, to enable Scouts, the local community and other visitors to connect and engage with nature.