UNICEF - Climate Change Resource List for Scouts

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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 peop

World Scout Environment Programme Better World Framwork
External Resources
Better World Framework

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