Life on Land — United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 15
Protect, restore, and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
In 2008 the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) launched the World Scout Environment Programme. Since that time Scouts across the world have completed thousands of environment related projects and earned the World Scout Environment Badge.
Ten years later, at the 9th session of the World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur, WOSM and UN Environment renewed their partnership. WOSM’s Secretary General, Ahmed Alhendawi stated:
World Scouting’s focus on the environment not only reflects the Movement’s own values and its goal of creating active citizens, but also its commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals, and to strengthening our World Scout Environment Programme to create a bigger impact.
That commitment was also a focus at the 41st World Scout Conference in Baku in August 2017. Isabelle Deufresne Lienar, National Youth Coordinator from Canada, said:
SDGs are intrinsically linked to all the values of Scouting, maybe the mission, the promise, maybe the things we say everyday, what we do – Creating a better world! A better world is a world where the SDGs are attained. So, if we want to contribute to that, we already have the end of the equation, we just have to create everything before the equation that needs to be there in order to create a better world.
Global Citizenship and Sustainable Development
Sustainable development is defined as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
With the background above and WOSM’s enduring commitment it is only natural that Jamboree on the Air – Jamboree on the Internet, the world’s largest Scouting event, would focus on the Sustainable Development Goals and support the movement to build global citizens.
Whilst JOTA-JOTI is primarily a weekend conversation between Scouts, the activities and projects initiated during that weekend, can launch on-going efforts and serve to develop all aspects for global citizenship among Scouts.
JOTA-JOTI 2018 Theme
The JOTA-JOTI selected theme for 2018 is Life on Land — United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 15. It is defined as: Protect, restore, and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
We are now starting to develop activities for JOTA-JOTI weekend that support this theme. We welcome your participation and contributions.
To get you started in the right direction, we’ve identified the following online resources that may prove helpful in your efforts.
- From Scouts Scotland, Activities and Resources for Sustainable Development Goalsincluding an excellent PDF on a 30 minute activity plan for SDG 15: Life on Land.
- From Global Dimension, Life on Land overview, video, and links to lesson plans. They have an excellent poster focused on Goal 15: Life on Landas well a lesson plan titled The Impact of Pollution on Our Planet and Our Lives.
- From Microsoft Education, a complete course on Teaching Sustainable Development Goals.
- From Earth Day Network, information on the Canopy Project and the reforestation campaign.
- UNESCO Student Workbook, Schools in Action, Global Citizens for Sustainable Development. Page 40 covers learning objectives and suggested topics for SDG 15, Life on Land.
- Canopy Project, work to reforest the earth and build sustainable communities.
- Lesson Plan, the impact of pollution on our planet and our lives
- Poster at https://globaldimension.org.uk/wllgoal/life-on-land/
JOTA-JOTI Activities Submission
Forward your Suggested JOTA-JOTI activities to firstname.lastname@example.org
For this year’s activities, the deadline is 1 September 2018.