WHILE relentlessly conducting various activities geared towards the preservation of the environment, the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) has joined the global Scouting clamor to mitigate climate change by targeting world policy-makers and leaders to act on serious environmental issues.
The “Promise to the Planet” campaign is a globally coordinated call to action running from June to November leading to CoP26, the UN Climate Change Conference to be held in November this year in Glasgow, United Kingdom, said BSP Secretary General Rogelio S. Villa Jr., who also said the campaign “brings together Scouts to take action to reduce climate change and “use their voice to call on world leaders to commit ambitious environmental target and policies.”
“Part of the campaign mobilizes Scouts around environmental issues, but the bigger picture sees Scouting positioning itself as a key player in the environment and climate change space. Starting with lobbying national negotiators to understand the need to act, it ends with the event in Glasgow that “ensures that the voice of Scouts is heard around the negotiating table,” he said
By coming on board as a partner in this campaign, the BSP commits itself to work with the World Organization of Scout Movement, the umbrella organization of all the Scouting organizations around the world, to implement the campaign to make noise using all media platforms from the mainstream to social media to engage policy-makers and heads of governments in policy discussions.
In a memorandum issued by the office of the Secretary General, Villa encouraged the 10 Scouting Regions and 125 Local Councils across the country to continue and strengthen the various environmental projects initiated by the Movement like the Tree Planting and Nurturing Projects, the Tide Turner Challenge Project (a recycling project of the United Nations and was adopted by the World Organization of the Scout Movement), the Urban Agriculture Project, recycling.
The Councils are also requested to conduct webinars, join online discussions, and hold activities that would necessitate Scout participation, and other social media activities that involve posting or creating contents focusing on the effort to mitigate climate change.