Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida launch climate change patch
By: Growing Climate Solutions
Girl Scouts earn patches for participating in events, activities and programs, and display their patches on the back of vests or sashes. To earn the climate change patch, which is specific to Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, girls must complete three components:
"Climate change is one of the top issues concerning U.S. girls, particularly teens," said Mary Anne Servian, CEO of Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida. "As Girl Scouts, we pledge to use resources wisely and make the world a better place. We pride ourselves on taking action, and the climate change patch is an important tool for environmental education and positive change."
Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida serves nearly 6,000 girls in 10 counties across Southwest Florida. The mission of Girl Scouts is to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.
Growing Climate Solutions: Path to Positive Southwest Florida formed in 2019 as a partnership between the Community Foundation of Collier County, Collaboratory (formerly the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, Florida Gulf Coast University and Conservancy of Southwest Florida. It has since expanded to include community leaders from the business, health, civic, faith and nonprofit sectors across the five-county region.
Girl Scouts and Growing Climate Solutions launched the climate change patch on June 3 during a virtual kickoff event, which featured four distinguished women who are excelling in science, education and business while advocating for the environment:
The idea to create a climate change patch emerged during Growing Climate Solutions' leadership kickoff meeting in March 2020. At the time, Girl Scouts joined Growing Climate Solutions because both organizations are focused on protecting the earth and its natural resources.