Sustainable Development

Back to listApr 22, 2012

SGI-Netherlands Celebrates Earth Day with Earth Charter Game

Earth Charter game

On April 22, SGI-Netherlands (SGIN) held an Earth Day event at its new Culture Center in Amsterdam. Activities included playing an interactive educational board game on the Earth Charter promoting its principles and values. The NCDO (National Committee for International Cooperation and Sustainable Development), the main Dutch affiliate for the Earth Charter Initiative, asked SGIN to help test the game—originally developed in Brazil—to see if it would appeal to people in the Netherlands.

The game encourages players to reflect on and share views related to the principles of the Earth Charter, while learning key ecological concepts and practices. It also promotes cooperation and an understanding of interdependence. A total of 30 SGIN members played the game in three sessions and the experience proved to be an enjoyable one.

playing gameParticipants playing the Earth Charter game

A number of panels from the SGI and Earth Charter joint exhibition "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential" were on display, and members also engaged in artistic activities inspired by the Earth Charter. Participants were given copies of the book The Earth Charter in Action, copublished by NCDO, a compilation of essays on the Earth Charter, featuring prominent authors and activists putting its vision to work.

The Earth Charter is a statement of common values and principles for sustainability that was created through a five-year process of dialogue involving people from many cultures.

Click here to watch the Earth Charter Game in action

[Adapted from a report from SGI-Netherlands; photos courtesy of SGI-Netherlands]