Work together as a family on a Global Goals Design for Change project… and help save the planet!
The Global Goals are really important… I mean, really important! So important, in fact, that our planet – Earth – literally depends on them.
Now, you are right in thinking that this is more than a little bit worrying, but… (and it’s a big BUT)… there is hope! Hope in the form of our very own children. Yes, the younger generation – our sons and daughters – have the ability to save the planet from the course of destruction we – the older generation – have set it on.
How come? Well, each and every child – big or small, rich or poor – has a super hero potential within them – the powerful belief that they CAN make a positive difference – and if we help them initially find this super power, you can be as sure that just as Superman likes wearing Lycra or Wonder Woman relishes dodging on-coming bullets, our “homegrown super heroes” will certainly want to use it – to full effect. To not just change the world, but to ultimately save it.
Our focus as a parent or carer, therefore, as humble as it is, should be to simply invest time and energy into our kids – to work alongside them in a multi-generational partnership – to help them find their “I CAN” super power: to support the development of their character (grit, determination and doggedness), foster empathy (sensitivity to other and their needs), and help them acquire important creative thinking and enterprising capacities (to find solutions to the right problems).
We believe that the best chance of success for the Global Goals is if families around the world embrace them and do their bit towards at least one of the 17 Goals (more if possible). And we want to try and make it as easy as possible for ANYONE wanting to do their bit towards the Global Goals to do so.
HOW YOUR SUPER POWER CAN HELP SAVE THE PLANET
This brilliant video, along with many other quality teaching resources, can be downloaded (for free) from Project Everyone: The World’s Largest Lesson.
HOW CAN WE GET INVOLVED WITH THE GLOBAL GOALS? WHAT CAN AN AVERAGE UK FAMILY DO?
After familiarisation with the Global Goals (use tabbed box below or this link to find out about them), as a family, lead by the children in the family, choose 1 – 3 goals that you feel have relevance and meaning to you all.
Then, the thing to do is to think about what you might do to contribute towards one of your chosen goals.
The DFC Framework helps someone who would like to do something good but wonders ‘CAN I?” change to feeling empowered to believe whole-heartedly “I CAN”.
WHY A DFC FAMILY PROJECT IS A GOOD THING TO DO
Parents / carers: working alongside your child/children on your own “WE CAN SAVE THE PLANET!” project is good for so many reasons, including:
- It will help you spend QUALITY time together
- It gives you an opportunity to INVEST properly in your child’s educational development – not in cash terms but in spending TIME working with your child
- It supports the development of your child’s SELF BELIEF and CONFIDENCE
- It gives you shared experience of DOING GOOD that is good for well-being and happiness
AN EXAMPLE OF A FAMILY GLOBAL GOALS / DESIGN FOR CHANGE PROJECT
The project is a live project that is developing and progressing each day. It has formed an important part of our home-school curriculum and will continue to do so. The Design For Change “I CAN” super power- self belief – has certainly made two young girls believe they can make a difference in the world… that they matter. And this is a powerful feeling that every child should ultimately experience.
Here’s an example of how a Design For Change family project evolved from the UN’s Global Goals – click HERE or on the image below.
The project is ongoing, but followed these steps:
- Familiarise with the Global Goals
- The kids identified three goals they felt passionate about and thought were relevant to them (12 Responsible Consumption; 13 Climate Action; 14 Life Below Water). They looked at what they thought were the problems relating to the chosen goals and found that single-use plastic was one area that was impacting on all three. They engaged with the online community to ascertain that a lot of other people were also seeing the effects of our over-use of plastic as a concern. (FEEL)
- They worked to come up with how they could address the issue of single-use plastic and brainstormed and planned a strategy to follow (IMAGINE)
- The important step was to take action. So, over the weeks behind and ahead, the Clear Plastic UK campaign is alive and kicking. (DO)
- Spreading awareness and growing support and interest in the Clear Plastic UK campaign has seen the initial inertia overcome and momentum building. The work done to date can be seen on the Clear Plastic UK webpage (SHARE)
LEARN ABOUT THE GLOBAL GOALS
In September 2015, the 193 UN Member States identified 17 Global Goals as priorities for all people and our planet, in order to help build a better world for all, within the next 15 years.
The Goals aim to make progress on the big challenges faced in our world today – but the Goals will only be reached with the help of people around the world – families, teachers, communities… everyday people in other words. As the UN Global Goals website states: “It is very important that all of us think about the actions we can take to contribute to the achievement of the Goals. Remember even small steps can add up to big progress if the millions of people around the world are involved!”
The Global Goals have been written in a family-friendly (and child friendly) format making it easy to introduce them to your family and then interpret them in a way that results in you doing something positive towards at least one of them.
Click on the image below to see the “The World We Want” pdf.
The Global Goals that cover a number of important issues, or themes, including: ending extreme poverty, ensuring all children receive a good education, achieving equal opportunities for all, and promoting better practices for consumption and production that will help make the planet cleaner and healthier.
It is not enough to just KNOW about the Goals – or even spread awareness of them. No, more than that is needed: we must also take positive actions in our own lives that contribute towards living in sustainable ways i.e. having respect for other people and for the planet.