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Protecting our environment

Supported by WWF

Step one: identify the need

Habitat hunt

Explore the effect of habitat loss in this fast-paced game.                                  

Ages: 6 to 10½ | Takes: 25 minutes

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Seek out nature

Get outdoors and find out more about the creatures living on your doorstep.        

Ages: 6 to 18 | Takes: 1 hour

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Double trouble

Pair up to prosper in this climate change challenge as we explore the effects on planet Earth.

Ages: 6 to 10½ | Takes: 10 minutes

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Fly your flag for the planet

Flag up issues and share your promise to help improve the natural environment in your local area.

Ages: 6 to 18 | Takes: 30 minutes

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Plastic of prey?

It’s dinnertime at sea, but someone has put plastic on the menu! Can you pick the plankton from the pollution?

Ages: 6 to 14 | Takes: 30 minutes

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Tomato journey

Embark on the journey of the humble tomato and learn more about how far our food travels to get to our stomachs.

Ages: 6 to 10½ | Takes: 30 minutes

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Step two: plan action

Build a sustainable future

Create a positive vision of your community in the year 2023, as we learn about how to make where we live sustainable.

Ages: 6 to 18 | Takes: 1 hour 30 minutes

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Nurture nature

Come up with ways to give something back to nature in return for all it gives us, by encouraging local biodiversity.

Ages: 6 to 14 | Takes: 30 minutes

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Focus on nature

Take or make pictures that capture nature at its best, as we learn about connecting with the natural environment.

Ages: 6 to 14 | Takes: 1 hour 30 minutes

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Colour-palette places

Capture the colours of the rainbow in local wildlife, as we examine nature in all its forms.                                         

Ages: 6 to 14 | Takes: 30 minutes

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Plan for change

Saving the planet? Sit down and plan it, as we look at the local and global challenges and how to address them.

Ages: 6 to 18 | Takes: 1 hour

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Step three: take action

From grey to green

Encourage your community to grow their own herbs or wild flowers, provide wildlife-friendly spaces and spread happy messages.

Ages: 6 to 14 | Takes: 1 hour

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Gift for the garden

Design and make some super seed packs to make your local community greener!                                              

Ages: 6 to 14 | Takes: 1 hour

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Plastic is not fantastic

Plastic isn’t fantastic! Work together to get your meeting place and local community to go single use plastic free.

Ages: 6 to 18 | Takes: 4 hours

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Carbon conscious

Find out how lifestyle choices impact our planet and raise awareness in your local community.

Ages: 10½ to 18 | Takes: 4 hours

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Get growing with recycled planters

You don’t need a garden to get growing – make some recycled planters to turn even the smallest space green.

Ages: 8 to 18 | Takes: 1 hour

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Our wild community garden

Create a new garden or area for and with your local community.

Ages: 6 to 18 | Takes: 4 hours

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Step four: learn and make more change

Wise up to waste

Rubbish doesn’t disappear when it’s thrown away. Find out how long it takes to break down and how you can help.

Ages: 6-18 | Takes: 45 mins

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Guerilla gardening

Spread wildflowers and encourage wildlife with homemade seed bombs, then share them far and wide.

Ages: 6-18 | Takes: 30 mins

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Wild walk

Plan a walk to highlight the work you’ve done to improve nature in your local area, then get exploring.

Ages: 6-18 | Takes: 2 hours 

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Food for thought

Learn how to eat more sustainably and create a book of recipes to save the planet.

Ages: 6-18 | Takes: 1 hour 

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Step five: tell the world

Multimedia scrapbook

Explore different ways of documenting your A Million Hands project then share your creations with your local community.

Ages: 6-18 | Takes: 1 hour 

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Spread the word with a community talk

Inspire your local community to take action by talking to them about everything your group’s achieved.

Ages: 6-18 | Takes: 1 hour 

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Spread the word with a short film

Edit your own video to tell the story of how you protected our environment, show others, and inspire them to do the same.

Ages: 6-18 | Takes: 1 hour 

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Spread the word with an eco camp

Share what you’ve learned about saving the planet by hosting an environmentally friendly camp.

Ages: 6-18 | Takes: 4 hours 

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Themes

Ending homelessness

Partnering with Crisis and Simon Community NI, we’re enhancing young people’s understanding of the many factors that contribute to homelessness, and showing them how they can help end the problem for good.

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Supporting refugees and displaced children

We’re partnering with Save the Children to combat stereotypes, raise awareness of the issues displaced children face, build welcoming communities, and connect with Scouts in conflict-affected areas.

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Better mental health for all

We’re working alongside Mind, SAMH and Inspire, to empower Scouts to take good care of their mental health, now and in the future.

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Understanding disability

With support from the National Autistic Society, we’re helping our young people to become advocates for inclusion and build a more considerate world.

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Kindness in every community

Supported by the British Red Cross, we’re showing kindness to those who most need it at home and overseas – and we’re encouraging others to do the same too.

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