Islamabad - The World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM) has launched globally `Scouts Go Solar’ – a project aims to motivate environment education in academic institutions of the country.

The project was initiated in a workshop titled ‘Environment Education in Scouting in Asia Pacific Region (APR)’ organised by Pakistan Boys Scouts Association.

Workshop Director Muhammad Shoaib said the aim of event is to raise awareness on climate change and sustainability solutions among Scouts.

The project also demonstrates age-appropriate learning-by-doing activities on renewable energy technology, particularly solar energy, he said.

He said launching of solar badge will motivate people towards solar energy to save future generations from pollution. Shoaib added the environment is a big issue of the world and it is need of the hour to control it.

Fifty-five participants from eight different countries (Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Canada, Afghanistan, India, Denmark and Pakistan) are attending the workshop. Boy scouts from different parts of Pakistan are also having a model camp during the workshop to experience the solar badge activities on environment.

On this occasion, Regional Director, World Scout Bureau JR Pangilinan from Manila also launched Solar Badge on environment education in Pakistan.

PBSA is in contact with Ministry of Climate Change, WWF, CDA, UNDP and USAID in developing partnership for sustainable development through environment education in scouting under World Scout Environment Program.

A specific objective of the Scouts Go Solar project is also the launch of the “Solar Challenge Badge Handbook” for Youth Leaders that can be adopted by National Scout Organizations (NSOs).

The handbook is intended to allow scouts from all over the world and other Youth Leaders to organize and run their own solar energy related activities with children and young people.

“Scouts Go Solar” will also be the message towards the United Nations Climate Conference in December, 2015. The Scouts will be first walking talk at 11th Conference of the Youth with a solar workshop and then at 21st Conference of Parties to present the Scouts voice on sustainable solutions.

The Scouts Go Solar is a joint project between the World Organization of the Scout Movement, Green Peace & Solafrica, working in close collaboration with the Kandersteg International Scout Centre, Switzerland including the Boy Scouts of the Philippines and Pakistan Boy Scouts Association as official pilot countries of the Project.