World Thinking Day

This year, my girls joined Brownies, which is part of the Girl Guides of Canada. I enjoy watching my girls make bonds with other girls, but I really appreciate the focus Girl Guides places on helping our community and the world.

Every year on February 22, Girl Guides all over the world celebrate World Thinking Day, a day that honours the Guiding movement’s founders, members and world-wide organization.

The theme for this year’s World Thinking Day is “we can save our planet.” This day really helps my girls become more aware of the things they can do every day to make our planet a better place.

12th Milton Sparks learn about recycling during a presentation by Halton Region staff.

“For over 100 years, Girl Guides of Canada has been consciously aware of the importance and significance of our natural world,” said Girl Guides of Canada Ontario Council member Kris McGee. “As the world’s largest organization for women and girls we have taken on various leadership roles when it comes to environmental awareness. Our members are frequent guests at global symposiums and conferences where their participation and experience are valued by agencies such as the United Nations and the World Health Organization.”

As World Thinking Day approaches, I asked my girls that World Thinking Day means to them: “To keep our earth healthy,” said one, and “That we and people we know recycle,” said the other.

“In Halton, our members have decreased their own eco-footprints, promoted and cared for our environment on a daily basis,” stated Kris. “Local units have educated others about ground water contamination, initiated recycling and composting programs at local camps, conducted countless litter chases, planted trees and bulbs, restored natural habitats, built environmentally friendly picnic tables, completed restoration projects and designed public service announcements about Earth Day and Earth Hour.”

Brownies getting ready for World Thinking DayInspired by girls around the world taking action on World Thinking Day, my girls and I decided we will try the following for the next year to make our world better:

  • Walking more to the local grocery store and restaurants instead of taking the car.
  • Picking up litter (like coffee cups), when walking the dogs…this includes cleaning up at our local playground more.
  • Carpooling more, if possible, when going on an outing with family or neighbours.
  • Planting our own vegetable garden.
  • Using reusable water bottles!

On World Thinking Day, what commitments are you and your family going to make so “we can save our planet?”

In Halton, many Girl Guide units are recognizing World Thinking Day with a large event on Saturday, February 25, 2012. See you there!

19th Oakville Brownies get ready for World Thinking Day

About Stacey Gibbs

Hi, I’m Stacey, I'm a Waste Management Operations Assistant. I take care of the wide variety of calls that Halton Region receives daily involving collection issues, and other all waste related inquiries.
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3 Responses to World Thinking Day

  1. Pingback: Sparks & Brownies Leave a Small (eco) Footprint | GirlGuidesCANBlog

  2. Hi Stacey, great article!

    I am a life-long girl guide, a first-time Sparks leader, helped organize our area’s Thinking Day Rally this year AND I routinely give presentations about recycling and waste management to Girl Guides of Canada and Scouts Canada groups as part of my job as Waste Diversion Communications Supervisor with the City of St. John’s in Newfoundland and Labrador. So needless to say I loved reading this blog post!

    If it’s okay I would love to learn more about what Halton Waste Management staff include in your talks/presentations with Girl Guides of Canada, and other youth, groups. I give a basic presentation about the recent environmental improvements at the waste management facility and the (relatively new-to-us) curbside recycling service, sometimes including showing a short video. I always include a recycling sorting game and depending on the age and alotted time sometimes use a colouring or work sheet. At the end of the meeting I distribute stickers, removeable tatoo’s and a sample blue bag. This outline seems to work well for the youth groups I speak with but I’m starting to get a little bored with it and would love to learn what your staff include in youth presentations and if you have any games or activity ideas that I could possibly incorporate into mine.

  3. John Watson says:

    Hi Shelley:

    Thanks for commenting on our blog; it is great to have colleagues in other provinces checking out our work. I was actually in Newfoundland a few years ago, speaking at the MMSB’s conference in Corner Brook about Halton’s communications programs.

    When delivering workshops to Brownies or Guides, and Cubs and Scouts, we always start with their requirements for their Recycling Badge. Our program is about 1 hour in length. We do a 30 minute workshop/presentation that involves storytelling and song, slides and videos to explain landfill, and 3Rs — Blue Box recycling, GreenCart organics, etc. We do a “game show” type game to test knowledge of recycling, composting and garbage materials. We end with a craft, in which stickers are used to identify common waste materials as well. The children receive a storybook, sticker and Blue Box piggy bank at the end of the workshop. The hour moves pretty quickly, and by the end, we’ve covered off almost all requirements for their respective Recycling Badges.

    Hope that information helps. If you need any other information about our community workshops, let me know.

    Cheers!

    John Watson, Waste Diversion Education Coordinator, Halton Region
    BLOG http://www.haltonrecycles.wordpress.com; TWITTER @HaltonRecycles

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