International Day of Peace 2019

International Day of Peace (IDOP), is observed around the world on 21st September. Declared by the United Nation’s General Assembly, Peace Day is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

Climate Action for Peace

This year’s theme is “Climate Action for Peace”. It draws attention to the importance of combatting climate change as a way to protect and promote peace throughout the world.

What does Climate Action have to do with peace?

Climate change is a threat to our world’s security and stability. As sea levels rise, coastal areas will continue to be degraded. Extreme weather events would become commonplace causing disputes over scarce resources.

Launched in 2015, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) was undertaken by all members of the member states with the common understanding that in order to create a peaceful and better world, certain rights and actions have to be taken. Sustainable Development Goal #13 Climate Action called for an immediate global action to combat climate change by limiting greenhouse emissions, build resilience and improve education on climate change.

Even recently in August 2019, Singapore experienced her first dry spell in more than 5 years! While we do not experience major weather events such as typhoons in Philippines and forest fires in Australia, climate change affects Singapore with pressing issues like rising sea levels for an island state surrounded by water, impacting maritime trade and increasing maintenance costs at the coastal areas.

“It is possible to achieve our goals, but we need decisions, political will and transformational policies to allow us to still live in peace with our own climate.”

UN Secretary-General António Guterres, 15 May 2019

Why should we take action?

Climate change is one of the greatest threats we are facing now; we are the leaders of positive change and as such, we need to raise environmental awareness, work with others, and take action! A small action can lead to a great impact!

What can I do?

Here are some suggestion of things you can do to take #ClimateAction

Do tell us at @betterworldsg with your ideas or actions you have taken!

  • Share with your Scout group ways you can take action for the climate
  • Create handicrafts from recycled materials
  • Bring about your own water bottle
  • Say no to straws
  • Bring your own takeaway container
  • Reduce your food wastage by only getting what you can finish
  • Spread the message of climate action to your friends and family
  • Bring your own bag when you go shopping
  • Recycle your old products or waste
  • Switch to refillable products
  • Clean up your neighbourhood park
  • Pass on old clothing in good/usable condition to others

What more can we do?

Show your commitment to climate action!

Pledge your commitment for climate action!

Be sure to take a picture of your pledge and tag us!

Get the Peace Building Kit!

This kit contains 6 activities that are suitable for all ages, scouts and non-scouts!

Have a look at what’s inside!

Navigate the Peacebuilding Map

This activity aims to introduce the elements of the Peacebuilding Map using the escalation and de-escalation pyramid to help Scouts to better understand how conflict arises and ways to explore a possible conflict settlement, resolution, and transformation

Discovering Nature with the Seek App

The activity will present the new iNaturalist app that can be used by Scouts to learn more about biodiversity.

Your eco-friendly life

This activity focuses on the sustainability aspect on the personal level and daily personal habits. Inspired by the SCENES criteria, the participants start to reflect on their daily waste management practices and suggest ways to lead a greener life. The aim of the activity is to discover sustainable daily habits and practices.

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