Earning badges is the number one fun activity for Planet Earth Scouts. Planet Earth Scouts is about learning 'sustainable stewardship' and the 4 Pillars of the Earth Charter provide a framework to develop learning activities that will enable children and adults to learn about values and principles of sustainability. But sustainable living is also about various technologies and practices that are specifically related to food, water, shelter, and energy.
The first Pillar, 'Respect & Care for the Community of Life is 4 basic commitments:
1. Respect Earth and life in all its diversity.
2. Care for the community of life with understanding, compassion, and love.
3. Build democratic societies that are just, participatory, sustainable, and peaceful.
4. Secure Earth's bounty and beauty for present and future generations.
The Charter then reads: "In order to fulfill these four broad commitments, it is necessary to:"...and then follows the next 3 Pillars.
So how can these 4 Pillars be translated into activities that Badges are earned? It is possible to use these 4 Pillars as exactly what they are called - pillars that uphold a structure that represents sustainable stewardship.
So if your group does an activity around organic gardening or solar power which badge would they be earning? That is what the Resource and Badge Development committees are working on right now - creating a comprehensive organization around badges with a goal of producing a Badge guidebook that includes specific activities around each badge.
The Interdependent Tree of Sustainability is going to be the main start up template to create a core process that allows Planet Earth Scouts to embark upon a journey into sustainable living practices and philosophies. Below are the 10 branches of the Tree of Sustainability:
Until the Badge Guidebook is fully developed and published Planet Earth Scouts groups and individuals are going to have to use their imaginations and resourcefulness to 'fill in the blank' and share with other Planet Earth Scouts their processes and journeys. If you would like to directly participate in the process then please join the Resource and/or Badge Development committees. We will be posting regular updates of our progress.