Because you’re incredible, India
It was such a huge privilege to take Prime Minister Modi on an adventure into the Indian forest for our Discovery Channel episode Man Vs Wild with Bear Grylls and Prime Minister Modi.
To spend time with this remarkable man, and to hear his vision for the future of India, reinforced my belief that it is our young people who hold the key to much of the future of our planet.
Spending time out in nature with Prime Minister Modi reinforced just how beautiful and vibrant India is.
The country boasts one of the most abundant and diverse ecosystems on the planet — but like many other global hubs, India is also facing the realities of a rapidly changing world.
The country is home to a fifth of the world’s youth, and more than half of the country’s 1.3 billion people are below the age of 25 — that’s an extraordinary opportunity to enable the next generation of young leaders with the skills needed to build a more sustainable future.
Already this effort is underway. In community after community, from Chennai to Hyderabad to Jaipur, more than 3.7 million Bharat Scouts and Guides who are part of the third largest National Scout Organization in the world are working to address the most pressing social, economic and environmental challenges facing our people and planet.
By engaging in local acts of community service, scouts are working to promote peace, tackle plastics pollution, provide access to clean water and sanitation and drive towards renewable energy. Through initiatives like Scouts for SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), for example, India’s youth are making one of the world’s biggest contributions towards the sustainable development goals.