The first edition of the Earth Charter Game is being launched in Brazil. This interactive new game was elaborated by Instituto Harmonia na Terra in partnership with Coopera Brasil. The Game project has the support of Earth Charter International and is now available for purchase in English and Portuguese versions.
The Earth Charter Game encourages players to know and understand the Earth Charter through a new methodology. The dynamics of the game promote an experience of generating collective knowledge, reflecting and sharing views related to the Earth Charter principles. To achieve the objectives of the game, players must practice cooperation and interdependence. Either all win or all lose, similarly to what contemporary society faces within the challenge of sustainability.
During the game, players are encouraged to research and ask questions, look for relationships between social and environmental issues, and try practical actions. On different occasions, players have to reflect on an EC principle and link it with a specific experience in their lives. Players learn different ecological concepts such as flexibility, flow of energy, and cycles. Thus, the game contributes to the awakening of ecological knowledge and practices.
The game can be used as an educational tool with adults, youth, and children starting from the age of 9. It has been used successfully with different audiences including, students in urban and rural schools, youth, academics, teachers, and professionals in several areas. The game was presented in 2010 at EC meetings in Mexico and India, tested and played by people from different nationalities and cultures, and this experience has demonstrated the inclusive, cross-cultural, and global dynamics of the Earth Charter Game.
Instituto Harmonia na Terra (http://www.harmonianaterra.org.br) is an NGO based in Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil. It is affiliated with Earth Charter International and its mission is to promote educational activities that may contribute to ethical and ecological transformation of human society toward sustainability. Since 2004 the Institute promotes eco-pedagogy courses and workshops for public schools and communities.
For more information and purchase please contact the following persons at Instituto Harmonia na Terra: