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11 Sept 2018 - The Badge curriculum will first focus on youth groups and schools in Kenya, reaching an estimated 50,000 young people. In future months, the initiative is expected to expand to empower millions of young people to tackle plastic pollution. The UK Government has provided US$50,000 in funding for the initial project.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May and UN Environment Programme Executive Director Erik Solheim launched a Plastic Challenge Badge for Girl Guides and Scouts at the UN offices in Nairobi, Kenya. The Plastic Challenge Badge aims to promote education and action on reducing plastic consumption and kick-starting behavior change through hands-on environmental stewardship.

The Badge curriculum will first focus on youth groups and schools in Kenya, reaching an estimated 50,000 young people. In future months, the initiative is expected to expand to empower millions of young people to tackle plastic pollution.

Solheim praised the Plastic Challenge Badge in his remarks at the launch. He emphasized that the partnership with the UK Government and Guides and Scouts will not just fight plastic pollution but also contribute to investing “in the young minds that will preserve the planet for future generations to come.”

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Publication date: 
11/09/2018
Publication Organisation: 
IISD SDG Knowledge Hub
Publication Author: 
CATHERINE BENSON WAHLÉN
Country/ies: 
United Kingdom, Kenya
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