Plusnet partners with Scouts to help tackle environmental issues by digital means

Written by: Maddie Ballard | Published:
Reggie Yates at Scouts HQ in Gilwell Park

Communications provider Plusnet has launched a partnership with Scouts to help youngsters tackle environment issues in a digital space.

The Plusnet x Scouts: Preparing for the Future collaboration began with a digital camp at Scouts HQ in Gilwell Park, earlier this month, where Scouts from Sheffield and London put their heads together to solve problems relating to topics such as the environment, mental health, and homelessness.

Their online activity was supported by computer science charity The Raspberry Pi Foundation.

The Scouts’ inventions included a gamified basketball-style bin which rewards people who recycle, and an app that tracks carbon footprints and rewards good decisions with points to get eco-friendly products like LED lights and metal straws.

Ahead of the weekend, Plusnet surveyed 2,000 young people and discovered that 65% considered plastic pollution the biggest problem affecting the environment today.

Safa, a 14-year-old Scout from Newham, said: “Because of climate change, we’ve decided to create a bin target that uses technology to stop littering. In general, Scouting is quite in touch with nature and in future we want to preserve that and the environment.”

Plusnet and Scouts’ partnership is set to unroll UK-wide, starting with 100 locations.

Plusnet will connect Scout HQs across the country with free broadband, so that groups can develop their skills online as well as offline.

Andy Baker, CEO of Plusnet, said: “While Scouts may be known for teaching young people how to be prepared for life through traditional practical skills, we wanted to help take this into the digital age.

“By connecting Scouts HQs and facilitating ways for them to make positive changes through the power of the internet, we hope to create a lasting legacy that puts digital skills at the forefront of their amazing work.”

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