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The Lunch Break Experiment: A tool for Teaching the SDGs

The lunch break experiment is an initiative developed by the IBVM to encourage a consciousness of the SDGs in our day to day lives. We ask anyone and everyone who is willing to take part to snap a few photos of their city or town whilst on a walk or on their lunch break. These photos should exhibit the Sustainable Development Goals either in action, or in contradiction.  This exercise will help strengthen your ability to see just how much your city is already doing to improve the state of the planet, as well as bring into your awareness the areas in need of improvement. 


“As soon as you walk out the front door of the office here in New York, you stumble upon great examples of how the city is working in favour of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. A minute into taking my lunch break, I found a fruit cart filled with abundant and affordable fruit and vegetables. This is an example of SDG 2, 3 and 10 in action. Just a few steps further and I find a whole block’s worth of rental bikes, open to the public. This is clearly SDG 3 and 9 at play. We want to see how your city or town is implementing the SDGs. Join us and snap photos of your #TheLunchBreakExperiment .” 

Post your photos onto Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the Hashtag #TheLunchBreakExperiment, or you can email us at ibvmunngo@gmail.com with your photo submission. 

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Screen Shot 2017-08-22 at 3.31.59 PMGeneration Effect: Encounters for a Sustainable Future

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 ibvmunngo@gmail.com . They will be shared
on the ibvmunngo.org website.

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