The Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World

The Lazy Person’s guide to Saving the World is a resource from the UN might be a great starting place for the Take Action program area of the Girls First program.  It is basically a list of actions ordinary people can take to make a positive impact on the world.  The actions are divided up into 4 categories: category 1: Things you can do from your couch, category 2: Things you can do at home, category 3: Things you can do outside your house and category 4: Things you can do at work (many of which would also apply to school).

It would be interesting to ask the girls which of the things they already do?  Which would be easy changes for them?  Which would be hard changes for them or their families?

This could really vary between girls, and their family circumstances.  One girl may be eating a vegetarian diet so cutting back on meat is easy, but the same girl may live out in the country where walking or taking transit is difficult.  Another girl may be a city dwelling meat lover.  It is important not to make one girls feel uncomfortable about her family choices, but to make them think about what is possible for them to change.


World Sustainable Development Goals

If you are working on any WAGGGS generated program, I’m sure you’ve heard about the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  The UN has a great set of printable resources for these goals including logos, and posters.  They are available in both North American and European paper sizes and in any of the six UN languages (English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish), making this a great resource for bilingual units.

There is also a wide variety of videos available.  Including this adorable Tomas the Tank Engine video which might be a fun way to introduce Sparks to this rather daunting topic.


2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

2017 has been declared by the UN to be the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

While tourism often brings needed money to regions the needs of the tourists are not always aligned with the needs of local people.

There are five key areas they are hoping to draw focus too:

  1. Inclusive and sustainable economic growth
  2. Social inclusiveness, employment and poverty reduction
  3. Resource efficiency, environmental protection and climate change
  4. Cultural values, diversity and heritage
  5. Mutual understanding, peace and security

We often talk to our girls about travel and life in other countries.  Why not ask the girls what they think it would be like to have lots of tourists coming to their town, taking photos of their homes etc?  What can we do when we travel to ensure that the next generation of travelers can also see what we get to see today?

WAGGGS/UN Ocean Challenge

The WAGGGS/UN Ocean Challenge is a challenge developed jointly between WAGGGS and YUNGA to help youth around the world discover the oceans that cover 70 percent of our world.

All the activities are identified as being suitable for one of three age ranges 5-10, 11-15 or 16+.  The challenge is divided into five parts:

  • Ocean in Motion
  • The Ocean is Life
  • People and the Ocean
  • The Ocean at Risk
  • Take Action

For each section the girls must complete one of the first two challenges and at least one other.  Like the other UN challenges this challenge is a extensive 175 page pdf with lots of graphics, data and information to help you complete the challenge with your unit.

The crests are available from the WAGGGS shop.

WAGGGS/UN Biodiversity Challenge

The WAGGGS/UN Biodiversity challenge is another WAGGGS/UN challenge.  The booklet contains 74 pages packed with activities.  The activities in this pack look more accessible for Sparks then some of the other WAGGGS challenges at the youngest age range starts at 5.

The challenge is divided into four sections

  • Our Air
  • Our Water
  • Our Land
  • Our World


Badges are available from the WAGGGS shop.

WAGGGS Climate Change Challenge

This is a topical challenge with the recent completion of the Paris Climate talks.

The WAGGGS Climate Change Challenge is a 164 page booklet divided into five sections

  1. Climate is Life
  2. Causes of Climate Change
  3. Impacts of Climate Change
  4. Solutions to Climate Change
  5. Take Action

This challenge was created by WAGGGS in co-operation with the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the Youth and UN Global Alliance (YUNGA)

The badges are available from the WAGGGS shop.