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Sustainable Development Goals

SDG1 – No Poverty

Nearly half of the world lives in poverty today, and so many people struggle for basic human needs like adequate food and clean water. Eliminating poverty is about giving all people everywhere an equal chance at living fulfilled lives.

While it takes different forms around the world, people live in poverty in our own communities. As Scouts there are ways we can tackle that within our organisation (see our Sustainability Strategy & Action Plan), though we can also look wider and support local and international poverty reduction efforts. Check out the resources below to learn more, take action, and then share to spread the word.

Whilst we may not be out hiking in the current conditions, many of us are planning our next big adventures ready for when we can get out and about. One aspect that we always need to consider is the affordability of what we do, and how we can be as economical as possible. Our youth program team have started developing ideas for how you might engage with each of the Sustainable Development Goals.

This card challenges you to contribute to our global goal of No Poverty by considering the nutritional needs on your next adventures. How might you be able to meet these whilst working on a small budget? Every small part counts as we work towards these goals!


Learn More and Take Action

Have you thought about the way you could budget differently to make Scouting more accessible for your community?

We know that money doesn’t grow on trees, and the cost of living continues to rise. What can we do as individuals, or as our Scout Group, to make a difference within our Scouting community, or perhaps broader?

Across Scouts Australia there are many examples of the ways Scout Groups ensure they can remain financially accessible for their members. ‘Economic status is no barrier to participation’ is one of our Sustainability Outcomes. Check out these tips from Scouts Victoria Deputy Chief Commissioner, Dannielle Taglieri, for Scout Groups to support economic inclusion. This article featured in Scouts Victoria’s Australian Scout Magazine in September 2019, but is equally as relevant today. These are examples of Groups making a difference, contributing to our global goal of No Poverty.


Supporting poverty reduction and community inclusion can even be part of your personal progression. Also in the Australian Scout Magazine, read about Taavi, a Joey Scout from Victoria, who raised funds for Oxfam as part of his Joey Scout Promise Challenge.

Share Your Efforts

Now that you’ve taken action, share it to inspire others. If you post to social media, please tag Scouts Australia and include the hashtags #Scouts4SDGs #ScoutsAustralia #SDG01 #NoPoverty, and then head over to scout.org to register your project.


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