22 February, we recall our Scouting adventures, meet our Scouting friends, proudly wear our scarves and celebrate the great diversity of our worldwide Movement. Today is also a time for us to renew our Scout Promise and our commitment to creating a better world.
We should be in no doubt that Baden-Powell would be very proud of us. We have been Growing Together for more than 111 years and, today, reach more than 50 million young people worldwide with an ambition to double that number by 2023. We certainly have plenty of reasons to celebrate.
The Founder believed Scouting helps young people by providing opportunities for them to look wide, beyond their own needs, to the wider needs of humanity itself. His thoughts are still relevant today. In a world facing burning challenges such as armed conflict, poverty, hunger, climate change and gender inequality, Scouting continues to provide a constructive response by empowering young people to actively contribute in finding solutions to these global challenges by taking action locally.
Scouts worldwide contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals through the simplest of actions: from preventing hunger through growing vegetable gardens, to alleviating street children from poverty through providing vocational training, to promoting gender equality and pledging support to the UN Women HeForShe campaign.
As we share this special day with our friends in Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting who are marking World Thinking Day, let us recommit to working together because by doing so, we can be a stronger force for young women and men everywhere.
Remember, you don’t have to do something big. Great things can start from the humblest of beginnings – just like our remarkable worldwide Movement.
On behalf of World Scouting I wish you all a happy Founder’s Day.
World Thinking Day
In 1926, Girl Guide and Girl Scout delegates from around the globe met in the USA for the 4th World Conference. Among other decisions, they agreed that there should be a special annual day when Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world think of each other and express their thanks and appreciation for our international Movement. This was called Thinking Day. The delegates chose 22 February as the date for Thinking Day because it was the birthday of both Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scout Movement, and Olave Baden-Powell, who was World Chief Guide.
Six years later in 1932, the 7th World Conference was taking place in Bucze, Poland, when a Belgian delegate pointed out that a birthday usually involves gifts, and so girls could show their appreciation on Thinking Day by offering gifts to our international Movement by fundraising or making a donation.
Olave Baden-Powell wrote a letter to all Girl Guides and Girl Scouts later that year to tell them about this idea and to ask them to spare a penny to help support Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting around the world.
Much later in 1999, at the 30th World Conference in Dublin, Ireland, delegates from around the world decided to change the name of the day from Thinking Day to World Thinking Day, to better emphasise the international aspects of the day.
The fundraising aspect of World Thinking Day that began in 1932 is still an important funding mechanism for WAGGGS today, and it helps to keep the Movement going. Find out more about fundraising and how the World Thinking Day Fund operates.
Take the lead on February 22 to celebrate World Thinking Day with Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from 150 countries! (That’s one big celebration!) Promoted by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS for short) along with Girl Scouts of the USA, World Thinking Day originated in 1926. That’s when delegates from around the globe met at Camp Edith Macy—now called Edith Macy Conference Center—in New York State and agreed that February 22 would henceforth be known as a special day for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts worldwide.
Every year since, World Thinking Day has called for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides to join together and take part in activities that promote changing the world for the better. This year’s World Thinking Day theme isLeadership; check out our activity guides below to explore many different ways girls can be leaders and create the change they want to see in the world—and celebrate being part of the global sisterhood that is Girl Scouts and Girl Guides!
WORLD THINKING DAY THEME – 2019
Take the lead on February 22 to celebrate 2019 World Thinking Day with Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from 150 countries! (That’s one big celebration!) Girls also celebrate World Thinking Day throughout the spring.
Promoted by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS for short) along with Girl Scouts of the USA, World Thinking Day originated in 1926. That’s when delegates from around the globe met at Camp Edith Macy—now called Edith Macy Conference Center—in New York and agreed February 22 would henceforth be known as a special day for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts worldwide.
Every year since, World Thinking Day has called for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides to join together and take part in activities that promote changing the world for the better.
The theme for World Thinking Day in 2019 is leadership!
World Thinking Day Challenge – 2019
World Thinking Day 2019 is dedicated to the group of girls who took the lead in 1909 and demanded Lord Baden-Powell create ‘something for the girls’.
EARN YOUR WORLD THINKING DAY 2019 BADGE IN EASY STEPS:
Step 1. Be prepared to travel through time. Get your group ready by building their time machines
Step 2. Play the game and let the adventure begin! Make sure you experience some of our Lost in Time challenges
Step 3. It’s #TimeToLead! Explore the leadership practices you have collected and build your inspiring leader
Badge and resources
Every year, World Thinking Day has a different theme that Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world can learn about and take action on.
You’ll be embarking on an adventure through time. You will learn about the history of our Movement, and practise leadership through the chances and choices of our present and future. Be prepared for an exciting adventure!
Over the next three years, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts will follow a journey through our World Thinking Day themes.
Guides and Girl Scouts are leaders. In 2019, learn the different ways to be a leader and develop the power to bring the change you want to see in the world.
2020: DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION
It’s important that Guiding and Scouting is a safe and inclusive space for all to take part. In 2020, understand the concepts of diversity, equity and inclusion, and what that means for your community.
Use the knowledge and experiences you’ve gained in World Thinking Day 2019 and 2020 activities to take action and change your world. Choose to build peace: be a leader and create environments that include everyone.
On 20 December 2013, at its 68th session, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 3 March, the day of signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as UN World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants. The UNGA resolution also designated the CITES Secretariat as the facilitator for the global observance of this special day for wildlife on the UN calendar. World Wildlife Day has now become the most important global annual event dedicated to wildlife.
World Wildlife Day will be celebrated in 2018 under the theme “Big cats: predators under threat”.
Big cats are among the most widely recognized and admired animals across the globe. However, today these charismatic predators are facing many and varied threats, which are mostly caused by human activities. Overall, their populations are declining at a disturbing rate due to loss of habitat and prey, conflicts with people, poaching and illegal trade. For example, tiger populations plummeted by 95% over the past 100 years and African lion populations dropped by 40% in just 20 years. But a range of measures are underway to arrest this decline.
In an effort to reach as wide an audience as possible, the expanded definition of big cats is being used, which includes not only lion, tiger, leopard and jaguar — the 4 largest wild cats that can roar – but also cheetah, snow leopard, puma, clouded leopard, etc. Big cat species are found in Africa, Asia, and North, Central and South America, representing a virtually global distribution, and representations of big cats, such as for car logos, by sporting clubs and the fashion industry, are used globally.
Over the past century we have been losing big cats, the planet’s most majestic predators, at an alarming rate. World Wildlife Day 2018 gives us the opportunity to raise awareness about their plight and to galvanize support for the many global and national actions that are underway to save these iconic species. Through World Wildlife Day big cats will generate the level of attention they all deserve to be sure they are with us for generations to come.
INTERNATIONAL FORESTS DAY TO BE OBSERVED TODAY
Celebrated on March 21st every year, the International Day of Forests is an observance day that was initiated by the United Nations and is used not only to celebrate the beauty and grandeur of the world’s forests but to also raise awareness about the importance of trees to the world and human civilization. It is also a day that can be used as a springboard to encourage organizations on a local, national and international level to take action to prevent and reverse the global deforestation that is happening today.
History of the International Day of Forests
This observance day can trace its “roots” back to November of 1971 when the Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization 16th session decided to make March 21st of each year World Forestry Day. Eventually, this was followed by the International Year of Forests in 2011. The following year, the United Nations enacted the International Forest Day on November 28, 2012.
The Importance of Forests
Forests not only are nice to look at but they are also essential to life on Earth. Forests provide more than 50% of the shelter that terrestrial species of insects and animals. They also balance out the levels of oxygen and CO2 in the environment; protect the watersheds which supply fresh water to rivers; provide food for a variety of insects, mammals, birds and reptiles and can cool the air in urban areas by as much as 2 to 8 degrees Celsius.
Trees are also important to human society as well. And not only because we rely upon the environment to survive, either. More than 1.7 billion people, including people from over 2,000 individual indigenous cultures depend on forests for their livelihood. The wood for trees also provides the world with more energy than solar, hydroelectric or wind power. Which makes it a vital resource for people in developing countries.
Celebrating the International Day of Forests
This holiday can be celebrated by planting trees, educating people about the importance of trees and forests or by simply enjoying a nice hike through a forest. It’s also a good day to remember how important forests are to all of us as well as to our planet.
World Water Day is an international opportunity for people to learn more about water related problems, highlight and increase awareness on these issues, and make a global impact. The day itself dates back to 1993 when the United Nations General Assembly dedicated March 22nd as the first World Water Day and has since become an annual affair. Each year, World Water Day focuses on a specific aspect of water.
Clean water should be accessible to all and has been explicitly declared as a fundamental human right – ‘the right to water and sanitation’. However as we know, millions still go without this basic necessity and are forced to drink contaminated water containing harmful bacteria which leads to thousands of cases of water-borne diseases every day.
Access to water and sanitation in Ethiopia is some of the poorest in the world. Nevertheless, Ethiopia is on its way to achieving the Millennium Development Goal related to water. More than half of the households (54%) have access to an improved source of drinking water, compared to 35% in 2005. Despite this vast progress, the improvement of sanitation is proving more challenging. The National Water Sanitation and Hygiene data indicates that children in schools are particularly vulnerable as only 33% have improved sanitation and a mere 31% have access to safe water. Samuel Godfrey, Chief of WASH Unicef in Ethiopia stresses that “we should focus on women and children as the primary beneficiaries of water in Ethiopia”. Poor water sanitation in Ethiopia means that diarrhoea is responsible for 46% of infant mortality and the capital city, Addis Abba, is ranked 6th dirtiest city in the world.
Many of the events that take place on World Water Day are held worldwide and raising awareness takes many forms. This includes theatrical and musical celebrations of water, sports competitions, fundraising or donating to charity for those who are in dire need of clean and affordable water, and educating all generations on the importance of protecting water resources to prevent water scarcity.
12th National Cubboree will be held from 6th to 8th April 2019, at Siyane College of Education, Gampaha district.It is organized by Mrs Wathsala Wijewickrama, Assistant Chief Commissioner – Cubs, under the directives of Engineer Merrille Goonetilleke, The Chief Commissioner of Sri Lanka Scout Association.
ජාතික කබෝරියට සූදානම් වෙමු
ශ්රී ලංකාවේ පෝතක බාලදක්ෂයින් වසර හතරකට වරක් එකම ස්ථානයකට රස්කොට පවත්වන කඳවුර ජාතික කබෝරිය නම් වේ. දොළොස් වැනි ජාතික කබෝරිය පැවැත්වීමට බාලදක්ෂ මූලස්ථානය කටයුතු යොදා ඇත. එය පැවැත්වෙන්නේ සහය ප්රධාන කොමසාරිස් වත්සලා විජේවික්රම මැතිනියගේ සංවිධායකත්වය හා උපදේශකත්වය යටතේය.
12වන ඡාතික පෝතක බාලදක්ෂ කබෝරියේ නිළ ලංඡනය එළි දැක්වීම
ශ්රී ලංකා බාලදක්ෂ සංගමය මගින් සංවිධානය කරන 12 වන පෝතක බාලදක්ෂ කබෝරිය වෙනුවෙන් නිකුත් කරනු ලබන කබෝරි පදක්කම නිළ වශයෙන් එළි දැක්වීම අධ්යාපන අමාත්ය ගරු අකිල විරාඡ් කාරියවසම් මැතිතුමාගේ ප්රධානත්වයෙන් බත්තරමුල්ල ඉසුරුපාය අධ්යාපන අමාත්යාංශ ශ්රවනාගාරයේ පැවැත්විය. ප්රධාන බාලදක්ෂ කොමසාරිස් වරලත් ඉංජිනේරු කබෝරි නායක මෙරිල් ගුණතිලක මහතාගේ් උපදෙස් හා මගපෙන්වීම යටතේ සහය ප්රධාන කොමසාරිස් වස්සලා විඡේවිකම මිය ප්රමුඛ සංවිධායක මණ්ඩලය මෙය සංවිධානය කරනු ලබයි.
දිනය සහ ස්ථානය
දොළොස්වැනි ජාතික කබෝරිය 2019 අප්රේල් 6–8 දක්වා ගම්පහ බාලදක්ෂ දිසාවේ වේයන්ගොඩ ජාතික අධ්යාපන විද්යා පීඨයේ දී පැවැත්වීමට නියමිතය. පූර්ණ කාලීනව කඳවුරැ බැඳීමට පෝතක බාලදක්ෂයින් හය දහසකට මෙහි දී අවස්ථාව සැලසේ.
ලෝකඩ පදක්කම අනිවාර්යයි
ලෝකඩ පදක්කම සමත් පෝතක බාලදක්ෂයෝ පමණක් ජාතික කබෝරියට තෝරා ගැනෙති. ඒ අනුව සෑම දිසා සංගමයකම ලෝකඩ තරැව සමත් පෝතක බාලදක්ෂ සංඛ්යාව සඳහන් කොට සහභාගි වන පෝතක බාලදක්ෂ ආකේලාවරැන්ගේ නාම ලේඛනය ජාතික බාලදක්ෂ මූලස්ථානයට භාරදිය යුතුය. අයදුම්පත් භාර දීමේ අවසාන දිනය 2019 ජනවාරි 20 වැනිදා ය.
ඔබේ කණ්ඩායම් සූදානම් කරගන්න
පෝතක බාලදක්ෂයින් දස දෙනෙකුට (10) එක් පෝතක බාලදක්ෂ ආචාර්යවරියක හෝ ආචාර්යවරයකු බැගින් සිටීම අනිවාර්ය කොට ඇත. එයට මාපියන් අතරින් තෝරා නොගත යුතුය. කණ්ඩායම් නාම ලේඛන විදුහල්පතිතුමා සහ දිසා කොමසාරිස්තුමා අනුමත කර තිබිය යුතුය. මවුපියන්ගෙන් ලබාගත් අවසර ලිපි වෙනම ගොනු කර තිබිය යුතු අතර ලිපි ගොනුව කණ්ඩායම් භාර ආකේලා ළඟ තිබිය යුතුය.
පෝතක බාලදක්ෂයාගේ සෞඛ්ය තත්ත්වය
සංවිධායකයෝ පෝතක බාලදක්ෂයන්ගේ සෞඛ්යය පිළිබඳව අවධානයෙන් සිටිය යුතු වෙති. පෝතක බාලදක්ෂ ගැහැනු කණ්ඩායම් භාරව පෝතක බාලදක්ෂ පුහුණු ආචාර්යවරියන් පමණක් කටයුතු කළ යුතු බව ජාතික බාලදක්ෂ මූලස්ථානය නිකුත් කළ චක්ර ලේඛයේ දක්වා ඇත.
වැඩි විස්තර – ඉදිරියේදී බලාපොරොත්තු වන්න
Earth Day was started in 1970 and is celebrated worldwide on April 22. Every year more than six million Canadians join millions more in 180 countries around the world in events and activities to celebrate. You could come up with ways to mark the day with your own projects at home, such as planting a garden or tree, starting a carpool group in your neighbourhood or picking up litter around your property and neighbourhood. or, if you’d like to join a community event, there are plenty to choose from, taking place on both April 21 and April 22.
Earth Day has become a global celebration now recognized in more than 193 countries, with events held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. This year’s Earth Day is dedicated to providing the information and inspiration needed to eventually end plastic pollution. The Earth Day Network has called the management of plastic waste a “global crisis.”
An estimated 275 million metric tons of plastic waste was generated in 192 coastal countries in 2010, with 4.8 to 12.7 million metric tons entering the ocean, according to findings in a 2015 study led by Jenna Jambeck, an environmental engineer at the University of Georgia.
This year, the Earth Day Network will mobilize its global network of non-governmental organizations and grassroots groups, as well as local elected officials, faith leaders, artists, athletes, students and teachers “to build a world of educated consumers, voters and activists of all ages who understand the environmental, climate and health consequences of using plastic.
Here’s a list of some of them:
1. One Million Trees:
3. Community Cleanup:
The purpose of World Turtle Day, May 23, sponsored yearly since 2000 by American Tortoise Rescue, is to bring attention to, and increase knowledge of and respect for, turtles and tortoises, and encourage human action to help them survive and thrive. World Turtle Day is celebrated around the globe in a variety of ways, from dressing up as turtles or wearing green summer dresses, to saving turtles caught on highways, to research activities. Turtle Day lesson plans and craft projects encourage teaching about turtles in classrooms.
Turtle populations are attacked at all stages of their lives, both from natural and human pressures and all species of sea turtle are now classed as endangered. Without intervention, we may lose these beautiful, ancient creatures from our ocean’s forever.The natural life cycle of marine turtles is tough enough without the added pressure from humans, and it is no wonder their numbers are drastically declining.
On this project, you will work closely with local partners in the rescue and rehabilitation of injured sea turtles. This is achieved through both direct care of injured and disabled turtles, as well as enhancing awareness among fishermen and local communities, and releasing baby hatchlings into the sea.
Turtle Care program aims to protect sea turtle eggs and increase hatching rates. We not only do hatching, but also we treat disabled Turtles and treat the weak ones due to fishing. Our staff patrols the beach all night looking for mother sea turtles that come out of the ocean to lay their eggs. Protect the mother turtle during the nesting process and when she is finished laying the eggs and safely back in the ocean, we relocate the eggs from the beach to our hatchery.When the baby sea turtles hatch we want to return them to their natural habitat quickly.
You can join in our effort to save these endangered creatures. We welcome local and international visitors to share the experience of the baby sea turtle release or see the process in action for education and awareness of sea turtle issues.
World Environment Day [WED] was established by the UN General Assembly in 1972 on the first day of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment, resulting from discussions on the integration of human interactions and the environment. Two years later, in 1974 the first WED was held with the theme “Only One Earth”. Even though WED celebration have been held annually since 1974, in 1987 the idea for rotating the center of these activities through selecting different host countries began.
World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated on the 5th of June every year, and is the United Nation’s principal vehicle for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of our environment. First held in 1974, it has been a flagship campaign for raising awareness on emerging environmental issues from marine pollution, human overpopulation, and global warming, to sustainable consumption and wildlife crime. WED has grown to become a global platform for public outreach, with participation from over 143 countries annually. Each year, WED has a new theme that major corporations, NGOs, communities, governments and celebrities worldwide adopt to advocate environmental causes.
World Oceans Day takes place every 8 June. It has been celebrated unofficially since its original proposal in 1992 by Canada’s International Centre for Ocean Development (ICOD) and the Ocean Institute of Canada (OIC) at the Earth Summit – UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Brundtland Commission, i.e. the World Commission on Environment and Development, provided the inspiration for a global oceans day. The 1987 Brundtland Report noted that the ocean sector lacked a strong voice compared to other sectors. At the first World Oceans Day in 1992, the objectives were to move the oceans from the sidelines to the center of the intergovernmental and NGO discussions and policy and to strengthen the voice of ocean and coastal constituencies worldwide.
World Oceans Day is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. This site serves as a central coordinating platform for World Oceans Day, with free resources and ideas for everyone – no matter where you live – to help expand the reach and impact of World Oceans Day on June 8 and year-round.
2019 theme: Together we can protect and restore our ocean
Conservation focus: demonstrate leadership in preventing plastic pollution and share solutions that inspire and activate the global community
How will you celebrate World Oceans Day?
How can I get involved?
It’s fun and easy! This site was developed as a free resource for everyone around the world to use:
Why celebrate World Oceans Day?
A healthy world ocean is critical to our survival. Every year, World Oceans Day provides a unique opportunity to honor, help protect, and conserve our world’s shared ocean. The ocean is important because it:
- Generates most of the oxygen we breathe
- Helps feed us
- Regulates our climate
- Cleans the water we drink
- Offers a pharmacopoeia of medicines
- Provides limitless inspiration!
Now each of us can give back
Participate in a World Oceans Day event or activity this year and help protect the ocean for the future. It’s up to each one of us to help ensure that our ocean is healthy for future generations. World Oceans Day allows us to:
- Change perspective – encourage individuals to think about what the ocean means to them and what it has to offer all of us with hopes of conserving it for present and the future generations.
- Learn – discover the wealth of diverse and beautiful ocean creatures and habitats, how our daily actions affect them, and how we are all interconnected.
- Change our ways – we are all linked to, and through, the ocean! By taking care of your backyard and helping in your community, you are acting as a caretaker of our ocean. Making small modifications to your everyday habits will make a difference, and involving your family, friends, and community will benefit our blue planet even more!
- Celebrate – whether you live inland or on the coast, we are all connected to the ocean. Take the time to think about how the ocean affects you, and how you affect the ocean, and then organize or participate in activities that celebrate our ocean.
Come on in, explore the portal and tell us: how will you celebrate World Oceans Day?
The Ocean Project leads global promotion and coordination of World Oceans Day. Since 2002, we have collaboratively worked in partnership with hundreds of organizations and networks from all sectors to help rally the world around 8 June, and continue to grow engagement and action for our shared ocean throughout the year. All information, materials and resources on this site and associated with World Oceans Day are free to use to those who are celebrating World Oceans Day as a way to bring about a healthier ocean and a better future. World Oceans Day® is trademarked to protect it from those who might have commercial or counterproductive interests.