Life Below Water Badge for Irish Girl Guides Launched

8th June 2023

Posted In: FYI

Irish Girl Guides (IGG) commemorates World Oceans Day (today June 8th) by introducing a new badge highlighting ocean conservation efforts. The SDG 14 Life Below Water Badge is the latest in IGG’s efforts to educate and bring about positive change to the areas of the environment, conservation, and climate change.

The Life Below Water badge highlights one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) identified by the UN to become a blueprint for peace and prosperity throughout the planet.

It joins other SDG badges including SDG 3 Good Health and Well-Being, SDG 13 Climate Action Badge, and SDG 12 Responsible Consumerism, which were developed in partnership with organisations such as Irish Aid and Trocaire.

To earn the badge, girls engage in beach cleans and litter pick-ups, learn about threats to our oceans, and identify different types of marine life. The badge can be earned by Ladybirds aged 5-7, Brownies aged 7-10, Guides aged 10-14, and Senior Branch aged 14-30.

“Irish Girl Guides have always taught girls and young women the importance of nature, the outdoors, and living in peace with our environments. Sustainability and ecology are central to our educational programme,” says Jenny Gannon, IGG Programme and Training Commissioner.

“The oceans are the birthplace of all life on Earth, and we are very happy to offer a badge that highlights the importance of ocean conservation.”

To celebrate the launch of the badge, a group of 100 girls, leaders, and adult helpers visited the Galway Atlantaquaria for a day of tours, educational sessions, and a beach cleanup at Grattan Beach at Salthill.

“The activities the girls take on when earning the badge demonstrate the vast size and diversity on display in our oceans,” says Shannon Lauchlan, Irish Girl Guides Leader based in Galway and a PhD candidate studying Marine Ecology, who was central to the badge’s development. “I’m thrilled to be able to share my passion for oceans with the members of Irish Girl Guides.”

Irish Girl Guides welcomes members from age 5+ and volunteer Leaders from age 18+. You can find out more here>>

Pictured: Brownie Fiadh Naughton; Senior Branch, Natasha Currie; Ladybird Maggie Mulryan, and Girl Guide Danu Dunne.  (Photo Andrew Downes Xposure).