GAMES4SUSTAINABILITY: TEACHING, LEARNING, AND PRACTICING SUSTAINABILITY THROUGH SERIOUS GAMES
‘2030 Hive Mind’, a Sustainable Development Goals game
Sustainable development quiz: what do you know about the global goals?
New mobile app launches to drive action on Sustainable Development Goals
The Global Goals – Memory Game
Do you know your Global Goals? What about the progress that has been made since 2000, and the challenges that still remain for our planet and its people until 2030?
Test your memory skills and your expertise on sustainable development with this game!
Can you choose the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals?
SDG Game & Quiz
SDG Game & Quiz enables all people to easily learn about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals – SDGs, invokes the importance of doing everything possible to achieve them and enables users to suggest solutions to achieve them.
The SDGs are the targets of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development announced on 25-27 September 2015 at the United Nations, New York.
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are all featured in the comprehensive game, enabling users to obtain a full education on the SDGs while having fun playing the game and taking the quiz.
The game aims to help teach children around the world about the Sustainable Development Goals in a simple and child-friendly way.
Child-friendly learning materials
NASA’s Eyes on Earth – Climate Kids
We all like to contribute to sustainability because the individual behavior and the action of each has a significant effect on the planet, whether economically, ecologically or socially. These three dimensions of sustainability shall not be considered separately since they are dependent, and a change of one size will have a positive or negative impact on the other two dimensions. A measurable index of the deterioration of the global climate is the CO2 emissions. For the measurement of personal CO2 emissions, various approaches are available on the Internet. Regularly the program asks the person specific questions, and their answers will allow the program to calculate the own CO2 emissions. There are queries about shopping at the supermarket, the journey by car or train or even by bike or on foot; questions about the use of the washing machine and dryer, on car-sharing, food-sharing, exchange of clothing, use of renewable energy and so on. Contra productive to sustainability is, for example, the TV spot of a well-known supplier of smartphones showing a boy smashing its handy with a hammer and with a “Juhu” to buy a new one cheaply, or to buy a new smartphone, because the repair is too expensive. Those are examples which promote an unsustainable behavior and the same holds for “planned obsolescence “. The pressing question is in which way a person may achieve a climate-friendly lifestyle: the reduction of (energy) consumption and to use public transportation reducing his stress and to attain more enjoyment. The Internet and APPS (Smartphone) provide many opportunities to share digitized knowledge and (social) resources and to calculate alternatives indicating the CO2 emission. How to change the behavior of individuals emphatically: The first solutions is to introduce an eco-tax, but it causes personal pain because it reduces net income and consumption. The second solution is to count on the idealism of the people, but this is certainly a minority. The third solution is to change the human behavior to sustainability by triggering pleasure, satisfaction, and happiness. Which active impulses are recommended to reduce the people’s individual CO2 emissions? Please use the comment box below to submit your activities to reduce CO2 emission or make your recommendation.
Roland Leithenmayr VFV
Sustainability and CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) require holistic thinking, mental activity and a change in Paradigm. CSR shall be integrated continuously in any system such as an organization and institution. It is essential that the human (as stakeholder) shall be integrated in the system as well as around it by considering strongly moral and ethical values. Those values are fundamental for the development of sustainability principles (among others ethical standards and moral direction). The international Guidance Document ISO 26000 shall be used as criteria catalog as well as framework. Only humans can create Sustainability and not all those countless papers full with well-intended principles: Everybody is responsible to start “doing” instead to remain inactively. It is common that “One large meeting after the next is followed by inactivity” (Jeffry Sachs). The ISO 26000 as guideline will not advise minimum requirements, but formulates the main principles and key areas providing assistance for the implementation and communication of CSR. Additional to the guideline ISO 26000 the UN Global Compact as well the OECD demand cross-cultural ethical values and standards. To achieve sustainability the means of “Learning by Doing”, Agile Principles, Learning Organization and Learning Regions shall be applied; however, the impact of decisions and (global) activities shall be balanced between economic, social and ecological matters carefully, in particular reflecting the principle of humanity: “What you do not wish done to yourself, do not do to others”. This principle should be applied to the Universum including everything all around: animals, plants, ocean, – biodiversity.
Contrary to sustainability (the arrival), – which is a static condition -, “sustainable development” is a continuously dynamic undertaking (in the form of decisions and actions) to achieve the desirable sustainability. One of the steps to achieve the desired Sustainable Development is “Global Economic Ethic”. (Manifest Global Economic Ethic, Hans Küng, Klaus M. Leisinger, Josef Wieland, 2010).
There are many opportunities to end the scourge of war, poverty, hunger, decease, earth degradation, catastrophes, migration, unequal human rights, cultural and religious conflicts. Besides failures in moral virtues, there are many problems in systems like institutions, organizations, and infrastructures. Instead of wasting money on wars and by shoddy practices (banks, corporations, politics), resources shall be provided to promote innovations to abolish those above stated negative facts. We need innovation to create sustainable products and services, sustainable consumption, environmental improvement, organizational processes and social behavior.
Business itself is a community of action, managers, linking employees, customers and suppliers; therefore, the business as moral actor shall contribute to the advancement of Sustainable Development global as well as local. The complexity of global production systems are stretching out across cultures, religious and political boundaries this means: laws are not enough and common values are vital. Politic is often too weak to fight against greed, fraud, corruption and self- aggrandizement, and so no legal provision can be implemented without any ethical standards. But it is not just an issue of individual morality, but an issue of corporate morality and it concerns the global market economy as a whole. (Hans Küng, Global Economic Crises Requires a Global Ethic, The Manifesto Global Economic Ethic, page 167).
Sustainability and Sustainable Development, – as we perceive in Austria is unfortunately not guaranteed: inappropriate macro-economic politics; excessive speculation; inefficient functioning of the regulatory and supervisory system; an inadequate justice and education; lack of accountability and transparency; inadequate standards in financial reporting; casino capitalism and corruption; lack of truthfulness; trust and social responsibility; not enough money for development assistance; excessive greed of investors and institutions; falsified balance sheet and illegal manipulation of the markets; – all that we learn every day from the media.
The European Commission has been working since ten years with CSR (as a generic term of Sustainability) and adopted in 2011 a new framework and definition of CSR: the responsibility of organizations, institutions, businesses (and other systems) for their impacts on society. The EU Commission asked their members to develop their own National Action Plan for CSR. The purpose of these CSR NAP is to clarify which political framework is needed to promote the CSR Management Approach on a voluntary basis or required by laws and regulations. The Government, respectively the state should serve as a lighthouse respectively as model. The Austrian Federal Government has commissioned three Ministries to develop this National Action Plan for CSR. Unfortunately this CSR NAP so far has not been published and it is not clear how the Austrian Government wants to keep track to promote and guarantee CSR and Sustainability. So it is true that one large meeting after the next is followed by inactivity!
Roland Leithenmayr VfV