2018 JOTA-JOTI Theme
With 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.
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.
So, what are these Sustainable Development Goals that everyone talks about?
Let’s have a look at “Life on Land”
There is a wealth of resources available to build your JOTA-JOTI weekend programme.
Check these out:
- The World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) launched the World Scout Environment Programme. Scouts across the world earned the World Scout Environment Badge.
- From Scouts Scotland, Activities and Resources for Sustainable Development Goals .
- From Global Dimension, Life on Land overview, video, and links to lesson plans. They have 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: https://www.earthday.org/campaigns/reforestation/
So, what can you do about it?
Activities and challenges to do:
- a 30 minute activity plan for SDG 15: Life on Land.
- Download the Goal 15: Life on Land poster for your bedroom wall.
- Get your United Nations Challenge badge: a full programme on Soil from the Food an Agriculture Organization of the UN. After completion you can order your uniform badge here. The programme has many resources available in multiple languages as well.
- Check out the other UN Challenge badges:
And now for the real thing: the Eco badge challenge:
So you studied all this? Ok, then you are ready for the challenge.
You can pick a number of challenges to fulfill. You commit to carry them out (ask your leader to help you select one or more). After you have selected them, you will get your personal electronic Eco badge. You can print the badge and display it, anywhere you are working on your challenges. Or use them on your stationary, explaining to others about the challenges you committed to.
The weather map: Find 3 different local newspapers. Look for the map of the local weather. Can you make a weather map for your area for the JOTA-JOTI weekend? One cub Scout is the “weather man” and presents the weather to the others. Take turns and all have your own weather story.
Allright, you learned so many new things that you have to think about them. Back to the campsite then: