And now for the good news…
26th July 2019
Global Goals Centre Ltd is a not-for-profit company (moving towards charitable status). The Management Group includes education, business and Global Goals professionals from the Bristol region, including Manu Maunganidze, a director of Bristol Green Capital Partnership. Jenny Foster, Project Lead, shares some reasons for Hope and the latest on plans for a new Global Goals Centre:
As temperatures rise beyond comfort, and the UK’s political turmoil looks set to continue, it’s time to look for stories of positivity and hope. And luckily, within the sustainability field, there’s plenty of them! From Kenya being the first country to ban single use plastics to Rwanda’s 60% female parliament to Costa Rica providing 100% of its energy needs from renewable energy; these stories don’t make our TV screens but demonstrate that there is Hope for a better world.
This is the story we want to tell in the Global Goals Centre, an immersive, interactive Education and Visitor Centre for Bristol that will be the first of its kind in the world. Using the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs/Global Goals) as inspiration, we want to take visitors on an ‘in their shoes’ interactive experience of local and global challenges to inspire, challenge and prompt behaviour change.
We know that people make decisions every day that affect whether the world is moving towards greater justice and sustainability. We also know that when people learn new knowledge and skills, it informs their decision-making. So, if we can teach people about global issues in an immersive, engaging and innovative way, their decisions, and subsequently actions, will be informed by this learning, therefore helping to create a just and sustainable world.
We were honoured to be the very first project to pitch at Bristol Green Capital Partnership’s Spark Forum, and formed some really valuable partnerships from that pitch, including free business planning advice.
Since then we have consulted and partnered and planned and have been so encouraged by such positive responses to the concept, from teachers, professionals and pupils: “I think this is an incredible idea to get people involved in trying to help our planet and achieve these seventeen goals” (Ruby, aged 12) and “Love the interactive nature of what is being planned, this is BRILLIANT’ (Bristol Schools advisor).
It was during consultations that we realised we needed to open the Centre to all and that it has the potential to act as Global Goals Hub for the city, which can be used for training, international gatherings, team building and more.
Our partners include City to Sea, UWE, Sustainable Food Trust, Green and Black Ambassadors, Bristol Learning City, Burges Salmon and, of course, Bristol Green Capital Partnership.
Now we’re at the crucial point of raising the money to make it happen! We are delighted that Burges Salmon have come on board as a Bronze level sponsor, but there are so many different opportunities, from sponsoring one scenario that maybe reflects your business priorities, to funding the website or volunteering programme. For full details click here
As a local innovative project we would love to have local partners from across the environmental and international development spectrum, so please do get in touch if you can collaborate with us to bring this innovative and exciting Centre to life.
For more information, contact Jenny Foster, Project Lead
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