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Leicester Beavers turn recycled items into endangered animals to earn new Global Issues badge

Joining the growing trend for young people to act to improve the environment, girls and boys of the 1st At-Taqwa Beaver Colonyused recyclable items to make models of endangered animals such as elephants, giraffes and loggerhead sea turtles at their meeting on Friday 10 January 2020. The activity counts towards the Beaver Scout Global Issues Activity Badge, created for Scouts by national recycling brand Recycle Now, and funded by Postcode Earth Trust.

The badge is for 6 to 8-year-olds. It aims to get young people thinking about environmental issues both at home and abroad, and how they can help make the whole world a better place, from the way they interact with the environment to what they choose to buy at the shop.  

As well as endangered species, there are also opportunities to learn about recycling and energy saving, fairly-traded products and clean and safe drinking water.

The children used Recycle Now’s Recycling Locator to help their families and friends find out what items are recyclable in their local area.

At the session, they discussed what ‘endangered’ means, then built models of the animals, without using any glue, Sellotape or glitter so that the models could be fully recycled. They also discussed how to help the animals not to becomeextinct.  

After the activity they took their models home and usedthem to talk to their families about the importance of recycling , before finally taking them apart and recycling them.

Craig Stephens, Recycle Now Campaign Manager, said: “More and more of us are becoming aware of the need to play our part in caring for the world around us.

Our partnership with the Scouts, funded by Postcode Earth Trust, has created a brilliant opportunity for children to have fun at the same time as learning how they can take positive action themselves and encourage others to do the same, in their own neighbourhood and the wider world.”

Simon Carter from the Scouts said:

“For many young people recycling is something they have grown up with, and they are positive advocates. The key to harnessing this natural desire to do the right thing is to make sure they educate their parents too and help them find places to recycle as much as possible.

“Our partnership with Recycle Now helps make recycling a reality rather than a wish for most families.”

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