Challenge 4 | OCTOBER 25–31
Sustainable Development Goal:
#11 Sustainable Cities and Communities
Partner: Zero Waste Canada
Meeting Length: 20 min–1 hour
Light Up The Night
What a ride!
Thanks to the transporting compass, you’ve quickly made your way from Egypt to Denmark. The country is making large strides towards sustainable living—did you know that the Danish island of Samso, runs on 100% renewable energy that uses wind, solar and biomass power?
Sustainability goes beyond just the environment, it includes three main pillars: the economy, the environment and society. One aspect of sustainable cities is proper lighting in communities. Proper lighting is important for keeping communities safe through the night with increased visibility for cyclists, runners, sports games, driving and more! Think of a couple things that you do in Scouting that would be more difficult in the dark. Simple things like pitching a tent, cooking, or hiking a difficult trail are all accident-prone activities at night without lighting.
Learn about the importance of light by navigating this next activity in the dark! Imagine that you are meeting up with your new Danish Scout friends to embark on a night hike far from the light pollution of the city (optimal for stargazing!) Don’t forget your GADGET (headlamp) as you learn about the importance of community electricity and lighting. How can Denmark’s innovations inspire you with new ideas for making your home community brighter?
You can help work towards Goal #11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, in many ways—adopt a park, keep your local greenspaces clean or consider writing to your town or city council to have more bike paths added to your area.