While we’re very excited about our 1,233-mile journey to Gdansk, Poland, we know that this unfortunately means a remarkably large carbon footprint. There’s no question that flights are bad news for the environment. It takes a lot of energy, which means releasing a lot of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
But, there’s still lots of simple things we can do before, during, and after to help protect our environment.
Here’s the fun part – we’re encouraging patrols to individually complete eco-activities in preparation for their trip in summer 2021.
The MyFootprint Pre-Jamboree Task will be active until the run up to the trip in summer 2021. But - although we're gutted - our trip has been postponed due to COVID-19, and on the bright side, that means we have more time to be kinder to the earth and reduce our carbon footprint until our travels - and even after, as a lifestyle change.
There are 180 members heading from our region to the European Jamboree this summer, and if, together, we make the conscious decision to reduce our carbon footprint, think about the impact we can have! Not to mention, adding up the conscious efforts as a result of the thousands of young people from all over the world attending the European Jamboree 2021 too. What a great thing to be a part of.
Through these simple lifestyle changes, you can score points to compensate for your upcoming carbon footprint trail. After inputting your travel details, you’ll be given a ‘carbon footprint score’, which will be a negative. If you’re travelling from Manchester, yours may be -1788. The goal is to complete daily eco-activities to get your score to 0. This will mean you’ve become carbon neutral – what a great feeling!
And for the best part – the first patrol (9 girls and 1 unit leader) to collectively become carbon neutral, will win some funding to go towards their trip.
In order to take part, leaders must create a communications group via social media or messaging app of their choice (providing you use one with the appropriate age restrictions). This group will be used for leaders to keep track of the girls’ pre jamboree task; we suggest that girls send photos of their eco-activities for leaders to keep track of.
- Please ensure any communications groups include one other adult member.
- Please ensure you have photo permissions for the girls
- The age restrictions for social media apps are as follows. Please select an appropriate method of communication.
- Snapchat – for users 16+
- Instagram – for users 13+
- Facebook – for users 13+
- WhatsApp – for users 16+
- Twitter – for users 13+
- TikTok – for users 13+
Here at region, we will need leaders to update us once a week, so that we can keep track of which patrol is taking the lead and will be the winners of the funding! We may ask for photos, for logging purposes and/or social media and publicity purposes.
Change the world AND get some help for your epic trip. What are you waiting for?
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