Climate change is a popular topic in today’s society. Children and adults alike have an interest in how they can help to combat climate change, and one Essex Scout Group are doing just that.

1st Ashingdon Scout Group, (Crouch Valley District) have been working towards making their group more environmentally friendly by reducing their carbon footprint. In Autumn 2008, the group decided to go “paper free” – and as a result all letters and other documents, such as camp permission forms are sent to parents via email, or can be downloaded from their website.

The group are also asking the Scouts and the Leaders to walk to their meetings wherever possible. Walking not only helps the environment, it keeps us fit and healthy too!

It’s now approaching Autumn 2009, and 1st Ashingdon want to continue their efforts to reduce their carbon footprint. Therefore the group have decided that they will start working towards the Environment Partnership Award in September, and look into new ways of making the group more environmentally friendly.

Further articles will be published showing the progress of 1st Ashingdon later in the year and also on their group website –