Plastic! The Devil!

Hey!


Did you notice our logo's changed?


We like to think that it's common knowledge that the Earth is suffering un-repairable damage due to humankind's behaviour, but yet we still don't do enough to help the planet.


We've realised it's time to inspire the latest generation to help save our planet, so this month we're changing our logo and shall be raising awareness about the cause that is Plastic Free July.


Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. As Scout's, we take great pride in the outdoors and the pleasure it brings us, so we feel its only right we show it some respect and ensure it's around for generations to come.


But I'm just one person, how can I make the difference?


We hear you, yes your right there are seven billion people on the planet, so how does one person helping make a difference?


Just think that plastic straw you like to use instead of a paper one because paper goes all soggy, is responsible for 1.46 grams of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere, so lets just times that by 7,000,000,000 shall we...Oh wait, that's 10,220 tonnes.


So when you realise that the average person uses 602 straws a year, then let's just say, one person really can make all the difference.


It really is a case of the straw that broke the camels back.


So how does Thorrington Scout Camp aim to help?


In July last year we began to recycle, now we know that's quite late to the game, we get that...

But being classed as a business we get charged a fee to recycle, now that seems crazy right!


We're more than happy to recycle, in fact we love it but being a charity our hands are tied in terms of funding and we have to make sure the campsite is maintained too...


But nevertheless, we can now recycle and we actively promote the groups staying with us to do so! We've even made it so easy that it doesn't have to be pre-sorted!


We've put up plenty of signs so that people visiting know that they can recycle easily, and dotted recycling bins around the site.


I'm a scout, how can I help?


We're glad you asked!


As a scout there are many ways to help such as trying to reduce the amount of plastic in your life, swapping out plastic items for Eco-friendly alternatives, and being conscious about the distance your items have traveled to get to you...


There is the Environmental Conservation Activity Badge, which aims to help make young people aware of topics such as recycling, energy efficiency, pollution, erosion, and the issues around tourism and the environment.


This is a great badge to gain and shows that you care about planet Earth too!


To find out more about the badge take a look at:

https://members.scouts.org.uk/supportresources/4362/environmental-conservation-activity-badge/?cat=419,64,779&moduleID=10


To learn more about the great people at Plastic Free July take a look at:

https://www.plasticfreejuly.org/


Remember there is no Planet B!





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