Dear Scouting Members,
This year, WWF is calling on its hundreds of millions of annual Earth Hour supporters in over 160 countries around the world to send out a clear message to global leaders: people across the world want action on climate change. Citizens of all ages and across all communities will be able to register their support for the international Earth Hour movement online at wwf.org.za/earthhour so that their voices can be counted, and noted ahead of the next major international climate conference in Paris at the end of the year.
Climate change is the biggest human rights issue of our time, particularly affecting food, energy and water security in South Africa – the very foundations required to guarantee a stable society and thriving economy for our growing population. As Scouts we promote good citizenship and so lets try and raise awareness amongst our peers.
This year’s campaign culminates on Saturday, 28 March 2015 at 8.30pm when we are all called upon to take part in a symbolic moment of unity by switching off non-essential lights, and celebrating our shared hopes for a sustainable future in the true spirit of Earth Hour.
As Scouts we have the opportunity to lead by example and promote positive change. Cubs, Scouts and Rovers can all participate in supporting the Earth Hour Campaign this year.
There are 4 easy ways to get involved:
- Encourage your Cub Packs, Scout Groups and Rover Crews to join the Movement against climate change by registering their details on the Earth Hour website – www.earthhour.org.za/movement/join
- Communicate using the digital assets on the Toolkit page – populate your troop’s social media, blog posts and newsletters using the available logo’s as well as displaying posters around the scout hall – www.earthhour.org.za/content/page/toolkit
- Use the Greening Your Event Guide on the Toolkit page to Plan an Earth Hour event for your pack, troop or crew and then register it on the Act page http://www.earthhour.org.za/events/register and send a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org. It doesn’t have to be on the 28th March it can also be in the run-up to Earth Hour.
- Help showcase the Earth Hour 2015 video to help raise awareness by showing it in the scout hall.– you can view the video on Youtube (www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GxRiMm9qjY) or download it by inserting the URL into www.keepvid.com.