Girl Guides, Girl Scouts And Alcoa Foundation Partner To Create A Global Environmental Initiative

In celebration of the Girl Scouts 100 th anniversary, Girl Scouts USA (GSUSA) and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) in partnership with Alcoa Foundation announces the launch of Together Greening. This program “twins” 20 Girl Scouts councils in the U.S. and 20 Girl Guide or Girl Scout groups in 11 countries around the world to work together on projects focused on making a significant impact on the environment.

Over the course of two years, the Girl Guides and Girl Scouts will identify, lead and take action on environmental projects including reducing waste, creating rain gardens, reducing CO2 emissions, combating climate change and countering the loss of biodiversity.

"Twinning enhances mutual understanding and sharing of ideas and learnings across the globe," said Nadine el Achy, Chair, WAGGGS World Board. "WAGGGS, its Member Organizations and Girl Scouts USA are harnessing its members' passion and experience in creating environmentally sustainable communities to deliver an ambitious global project that will positively impact the lives of tens of thousands of girls and young women around the world."

The girls will be connected through a “digital diary” to which they will post entries about what is going on in their city. This “diary” will not only provide a way for each of the girls to share their impacts on the environment, but also learn about what their partners across the globe are doing. In addition, it will allow friends, family and the global community to take part in this program and witness all of the amazing work the girls are doing. The Together Greening “diary” can be found at http://togethergreening.tumblr.com.

The Together Greening Program is funded by a US$1.5 million Alcoa Foundation grant, which will support GSUSA’s 100th Year Anniversary program, Girl Scouts Forever Green, and WAGGGS’ global “Girls can save our planet” initiative. It is estimated that more than 25,000 people worldwide will be involved in the program including more than 600 Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, 7,500 of their friends and 24,000 members of the communities in which they live.

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