Scouts commemorate World Environment Day

James Kon

The Brunei Darussalam Scout Association (PPNBD) recently celebrated the World Environment Day 2020 with cleaning campaigns and planting of trees and seedlings in the country.

The association has traditionally marked the World Environment Day with a cleaning campaign and a tree planting initiative; and this year was no exception.

Scouts Chief Commissioner Haji Awang Badar bin Haji Awang Ali launched the cleaning campaign at Seri Kenangan Beach, Tutong following the pledge of the ‘Earth Tribe: Plastic Tide Turners Challenge Badge’ by the scouts.

The event, organised by the Tutong District Scout Association, was aimed at instilling love for nature and preserving the environment of public areas such as beaches for the next generation.

Meanwhile, scout members planted durian, banana and sugar cane at their headquarters in Kampong Lekiun, Temburong District.

There were also a cleaning campaign and the planting of seedlings at Sungai Liang Beach, Belait District.

Scouts in a group photo at Seri Kenangan Beach. PHOTO: PPNBD

Themed ‘Time for Nature’ this year, the PPNBD’s beach cleaning campaign and tree plantings were carried out with the safety guidelines of the Ministry of Health (MoH) in mind.

Throughout the activities, scouts ensured that the practice of social distancing and maintenance of personal hygiene were upheld.

The World Environment Day is celebrated every June 5 to raise global awareness of positive actions in preserving the natural environment.

The celebration, established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 1974, has become a global platform on which over 100 countries commemorate the day with individualised events.

The PPNBD recently announced its participation in the Earth Tribe programme, launched by the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) and supported by the UNEP to mark the World Environment Day.

The programme is drawn from the Better World Framework (BWF) to support the youth in developing key skills necessary to become environmental leaders.

Through the initiative, youths learn about various activities and their impacts on the environment and the ways in which they can act within the community through the Earth Tribe network to preserve the planet. Among the activities featured by Earth Tribes are the Champions for Nature Challenge with cooperation from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Tide Turners Plastic Challenge with cooperation from the UNEP and Scouts Go Solar with SolAfrica.