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.
“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.”
- 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!