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Make a Promise to the Planet

1 September, 2021
By Morven and Gregor, of Scouts Scotland

It’s time for us all to make a Promise to the Planet, say Morven and Gregor of Scouts Scotland, who are both also members of the Scottish Youth Parliament

In recent years, young people have led the way in campaigning for action on climate change, but climate change is everyone’s responsibility, and that includes leaders across the world.

The leaders coming to COP26 are the ones who have the ability to change the direction of the world forever.

We want world leaders to think about the next generation of citizens, and act now. We believe that leaders should lead by example – in the decisions that they make, but also in their own lives.

Climate change is affecting people worldwide, so it is essential that world leaders work together instead of only acting in the interests of their own countries.

But we all have a part to play in climate change, and that’s why as Scouts we are making a ‘Promise to the Planet’.

We will use our voice at and ahead of COP26 to talk to world leaders about the impact of deforestation, the harms caused by single-use plastics, the problems associated with offshoring our waste to different countries, how to encourage active travel, how to improve public transport, and more.

Over the next few months 57 million Scouts across the world will be taking action. You can too, from doing a beach clean or a litter pick during a camp, to reviewing the eco-friendliness of your Scout group – all of these things help!

You don’t have to be a Scout to take on these actions and make a promise to the planet, and you can find some easy, hands-on ideas on the Scouts website.

The legacy of COP26 needs to be a change in the attitudes of those with power towards a greener future, protecting the planet for future generations. We hope that the legacy of COP26 means that decision makers start to think about the next generation of young people in every decision that they make but the legacy of COP26 should be more than just promises, more than just words.

We think that leaders at COP26 must deliver actions including:

  • We must not allow global warming to rise by more than 1.5 degrees Celsius.
  • We must commit to ambitious policies that protect people and nature, and build a climate-resilient society.
  • We must commit to making policies that are truly fair: they must require the largest contributors to climate change to take the most action.

 

Watch the below video to find out more about #PromiseToThePlanet:

Our ambition is to gather 10,000 voices from the people of Scotland.

We’ll take them to COP26 to send our leaders a message: that we want strong and meaningful commitments to protect the things we love, and to make a better future for us all.

Show our leaders just how much you care.

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