This initiative was established to support the development of environmental education across global scout bodies. The foundations of this badge are built upon the aims that reflect the goals of environmental education in WOSM (see below).
Scouts are working towards a world where…
- People and natural systems have clean water and clean air.
- Sufficient natural habitat exists to support native species.
- The risk of harmful substances to people and the environment are minimised.
- The most suitable environmental practises are used.
- People are prepared to respond to environmental hazards and natural disasters.
These aims parallel the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and act as guidelines for the award. Groups should try to cover as many of these aims as possible over the course of their project. The programme encourages Scouts to have a holistic awareness of the natural world and how their everyday actions can impact upon this, progressively building a sense of personal responsibility for the environment.
Participation in the programme follows a simple structure:
- Register: A section or small team registers to begin the programme
- Plan: Using activities, explore and reflect on each of the five areas in the programme – Clean water and clean air, natural habitats, risks of harmful substances minimised, suitable environmental practices, and environmental hazards and natural disasters.
- Take Action: Complete an environmental project based on your exploration of the issues and which helps the local environment.
- Review: Evaluate your project and each scout reviews their role.
- Submit an application for the World Scout Environment Badge which records all your exploration activities and the environmental project.
Here is a link to additional resources
Exploring Nature Habitats