Grandparents and older people have a profound ability to deeply empower younger
generations to become strong leaders. In a world suffering from the exploitation of
its resources, it is more important than ever that change is made so that future
generations can thrive in their environment.The Generation Effect” aims to gather together grandparents, and older members of the community, to impart some wisdom to the younger generations about what life
was like when they were growing up. Through this discussion, younger generations are
encouraged, as a form of mutual education, to share their insights on today’s climate and
how it differs from their elders.
What does the activity consist of?
Grandparents share stories of life when they were young e.g. How did they use water, electricity and
food resources in a time when it may not have been abundant? How did you spend your free time when
there was no internet or TV to keep you busy? Basically you discuss your way of life in the past while
brainstorming with the younger generation how one can live in today’s society and work in harmony with
the UN goals for sustainable development.
The activity with can be done with your family or you might like to involve other people or invite a local
club or parish. The IBVM/Loreto/Loretto UN Representative in your country is happy to help with the
activity and with some further information. Feel free to adapt it to your own context.
Outcome: Could those taking part send a snippet of information about the experience, a photo or video,
whatever suits best to Cecilia ibvm at the following email firstname.lastname@example.org . They will be shared
on the ibvmunngo.org website.