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/COMMUNITYWIRE/— Talking to children about complex issues, like sustainability, can be daunting. Many young people are becoming exposed to climate change and its impacts through social media and conversations around them, making it an important discussion for families to have to help kids understand and address future challenges.
Sustainability is about building a better world for all, ensuring resources last for future generations, and promoting positive environmental and social impact focused on eliminating poverty, reducing inequalities and fighting climate change.
“Sustainable action is a core part of Scouting,” said Scouts Canada Youth Program Specialist, Siobhan Ward. “Scouts are active global citizens committed to doing their part to make the world a better place. Through action-based and collaborative learning, they discover kids have the power to make a big impact – no matter their age.”
Sustainability is a broad topic and knowing how to broach the conversation can be tough. Scouts Canada is sharing seven tips to help families drive understanding and motivation, and help kids develop critical thinking, problem solving and leadership skills.
Not sure where to get started? Scouts Canada is launching an eight-week sustainability-themed challenge called “Around the World in 60 Days” and is inviting young people across Canada to join in – they don’t have to be Scouts to participate.
Through fun and engaging activities rooted in sustainability, children and youth will embark on exciting story-driven adventures set virtually in eight different countries. The activities will introduce topics such as inequality, food security, melting icecaps, mental and physical heath; and encourage creative problem solving and reflection to drive awareness and development outcomes. The challenge runs October 4 – November 28, with a video released every Monday to launch each weekly challenge at scouts.ca/around-the-world.
Girls, boys and young adults ages 5-26 can also join Scouts to participate as part of a group. Visit scouts.ca to register.