Imagine the impact of 50 million Scouts working as active citizens to leave this world a little better than we found it – that’s the power of Scouts for SDGs!
World Scouting has been on the front lines of creating a better world for over a century, doing our bit to address inequality and support a thriving environment. We have an action-oriented approach to education, designed to equip our members with the skills to be active citizens and contribute to sustainable development.
In 2015 the United Nations launched the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (the SDGs) – 17 goals driving for improved social, economic and environmental sustainability by 2030. Scouting was there when the SDGs were launched; we have a history of contributing to improving the sustainability of our planet, promote peace, and tackle inequality, with over one billion hours towards sustainable development through initiatives under the Better World Framework (including the World Scout Environment Programme, Messengers of Peace and the Scouts of the World Award.)
In late 2018, we took that commitment one step further with Scouts for SDGs (#Scouts4SDGs), mobilising millions of Scouts to make the world’s largest coordinated youth contribution to the SDGs by 2030 (through two million local projects and an additional three billion hours of service).
For almost two years, Scouts Australia has been working on a strategy that builds on our successes in sustainability, works out where we can do better, and builds a plan to help us reach these objectives. Soon we will start rolling out more information on this Sustainability Strategy & Action Plan – our way to support #Scouts4SDGs across Australia.
This Sustainability Strategy & Action Plan was approved at the National Operations Committee in April 2019, with some of the actions already underway. The Action Plan will help us establish our baselines (what we already do and know), support Branches and Groups to tackle some key sustainability impacts, and guide our priorities for the first year.
We need to work together to achieve these goals, and there are different ways we can all take part. As this rolls out, we will also share more information about the SDGs, though you can also see more at the Scouts for SDGs website.
We look forward to sharing more in the coming months.