"Settlers of a Green Future" launched at Gaming Workshop

“Settlers of a Green Future” launched at Gaming Workshop

19 June 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

“One more minute, please!”

Students who participated in the launch of “Settlers of a Green Future” never had enough time to enjoy the last bit of the game. They cooperated to build eco-cooperatives; received eco-points for building sustainably; and they got frustrated when “fossil” thwarted their attempts to build towards a green future. Everyone was a winner.

At the campus of Fundaçao Getulio Vargas (FGV) in Rio de Janeiro, students from Yale UniversityFundaçaõ Getulio Vargas, Catholic University of Rio, and UMass Boston gathered to play the brand new game that was developed by students of Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

The gaming workshop began with the introduction of the game followed by videos, “how to play the game” and “meet the settlers,” to enhance understanding of different world views of environmental negotiations and to facilitate the game workshop.

As an icebreaker, each player got to pick their favorite green policy cards and read them out loud to learn about the policy options based on the suggestions made at “United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development“, aka “Rio+20″, covering ecosystems, society, energy, food, and economy.

The game, “Settlers of a Green Future“, inspired by the popular board game, ‘The Settlers of Catan,’ introduces the trade-offs between individual goals and the greater good. Using real-world sustainable development policy and action proposals that will be discussed at the Rio+20 Earth Summit in June 2012, this game helps participants understand the diversity and range of options available that can help nations achieve a green future. Additionally, it exposes individuals to the inherent trade-offs between individual goals and collective actions in multilateral environmental negotiations.

To learn more about the game, please visit the website.

If you are in Rio, we will host another encore another gaming session at the RioCentro Convention Center this week. Please let us know if you are interested in participating email to “greenfuturesettlers@gmail.com”.