We recently celebrated the second year of existence of Mapting, our mobile app created with Soka Gakkai International. Therefore, we thought important to remind both its current and future users, the value of Mapting in the field of sustainable development and ethics. Overall, we consider that Mapting as a tool that can be used to learn and achieve goals to transform our environment. This tool is based on two complementary frameworks that can help us achieve this transition, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Earth Charter principles (EC).
Mapting is a way for you to discover more about activities and actions that help to implement the SDGs and how the EC principles relate to the SDGs. The app is available for free on iOS or Android. By using the app, you can share activities you organize around the SDGs and gather knowledge about the SDGs and the Earth Charter principles allowing a diverse audience to spread the word about sustainable development and the actions they are taking towards building a sustainable future. You can share your actions or observations towards the SDGs by uploading a video or picture. This is beneficial to increase the visibility of your initiatives and other people’s initiatives around the world. In general, having more visibility and an audience for your events and projects is key for those events to achieve a greater impact.
Moreover, Mapting provides the capacity for you to interact directly with other users across the world, in order to create partnerships, to exchange means or ideas. The application is a great opportunity to network on a global scale. The app can also be used as a barometer to measure which SDGs are being used most or least around the world and where. By having this data you can easily connect with other projects in your area working towards the same SDGs or you can fill the void in areas where a certain SDG is not being applied.
The connectivity of Mapting allows you to create bridges and to inspire you to create solutions for a better future, to fulfill the SDGs with an ethical framework based on the Earth Charter principles. We highly encourage youth and schools to use Mapting to share their actions with friends and to find similar projects they can connect with. Thanks to its accessibility, Mapting helps us grow our community, share positive actions towards building a sustainable future, and to learn more about the SDGs and Earth Charter principles.
Two years after the creation of Mapting, we strongly believe that this application is valuable to educate, to inspire action, and to create cooperation.
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