Planet Earth is dying - we hear it at every step. Environmental movements are spreading more and more. However, I have an impression, that we as scouts, we are still sitting in the middle ages on the issues of sustainable use of resources.
The scout loves nature and tries to protect it.
Today, protection should come first. We don't have much time as humanity, to influence the further development of the situation. And it's bad. I will not give examples now, because at every step we see scary photos of sea birds tangled in plastic bags and recently we have even received news about a whale from which a lot of plastic has been removed from the inside.
Let's learn to protect. Nothing will happen if the scouts don't know 5 plants that they can eat in the forest. This knowledge will no longer be of use to them. Let them learn how to care for and protect the Earth, to have something to eat soon.
Ineffective school and scout activities
I don't know if it's because of a lack of creativity, out of laziness or simply ignorance, the science of ecology is still carried out in the same way. Tell the children what they have or shouldn't buy, Inform that freon and plastic bags are harmful and then make a poster or a sculpture from plastic bottles. And it is the latter that is most dangerous about it! We are talking about it, so as not to litter, and right after the class, the poster goes to the trash, most often not even recycled. Where's the logic here? We fight garbage with garbage, thus contributing to increased pollution. Someone, who came up with it was a genius. We are also geniuses, because we still practice the same patterns.
Moreover, while browsing the program proposals, I also came across an outline of scientific activities, in which plastic straws or yoghurt cups are used. This is hypocrisy at its best!
I beat my chest
Because I never thought about it myself. I did not have the knowledge and skills to properly deal with the subject. Ba, there was even no desire! Pounds of paper recently kicked out with the team though, that we could easily recycle or reuse them. At the Christmas team meeting, we produced so much rubbish, that I'm ashamed to admit. However, there is always one thought in the head- who doesn't? Make a summary of your team's ecological performance. Then take appropriate action.
What we can (really) to do?
- Waste segregation. Place the appropriate garbage cans in the scout. Consistently remind you to use them.
- Limit the use of unrecycled curriculum materials. Plastic straws or cups, candy wrappers- you can function without it. Used sheets of paper can be used, for example, in. to create a pulp.
- At camping, use reusable items in camps and outings- own cutlery, canteens, drinking flasks. It is worth limiting the purchase of finished products in plastic packaging- pet bottled water, cookies packed in several pieces, candy bars.
- Consider with your team how you can be more eco-friendly. Then write down your observations on a piece of paper and ...
- … Introduce the team's nature conservation policy. Let it have an official meaning in the order- as a team decision or a resolution of the team council.