We will be holding a workshop on Settlers of a Green Future in conjunction with our partner, Fundação Getulio Vargas, at the Rio plus 20 Earth Summit. If you’re going to be in Rio and would like to attend the workshop, please contact us.
SOCIAL GAMING: ‘SETTLERS OF A GREEN FUTURE’ – NEGOTIATING FUTURES WE WANT
An interactive game to facilitate understanding of policy choices and trade-offs in multilateral environmental negotiations
10:00 am – 12:00 pm June 19, 2012
Fundação Getulio Vargas, 60 R. Barão de Itambi
How can we better understand the social, economic, and political trade-offs in multilateral environmental negotiations? How do we balance national goals and interests versus multilateral, collaborative outcomes? How can we work together or individually to invest in solutions that will bring us closer to a green future and sustainable development? Inspired by the popular board game, “Settlers of Catan,” a group of students at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies have adapted and designed a board game to examine these questions and better understand what negotiators will face at the Rio+20 Earth Summit in June 2012. Using real-world sustainable development policy and action proposals that will be discussed in Rio, this game helps participants understand the diversity and range of options available that can help nations achieve a green future. Players win by achieving 10 green points, which can either be earned individually or through collective actions that build sustainable settlements, eco-cities, and eco-cooperatives based on green policy actions from one of five critical issue areas: energy, ecosystems, society, economy, and food. Through playing this game, players will be able to learn about the specifics of the Rio+20 Earth Summit negotiations, begin to understand what is needed for multilateral action and sustainable outcomes, and, ultimately, unlock potential solutions to difficult environmental challenges.