The current COVID-19 pandemic has proven just how fragile we are as a species when one thing falls out of balance. Things appear normal for a long time; then a global collapse happens in the blink of an eye. This is a wake-up call that time is running out. The natural world is globally interconnected with a trickle-down effect causing far-reaching and unforeseen consequences.
Our mission is to awaken the next generation on what is truly important, giving hope to the hopeless through real-life solutions like fighting climate change & planting one billion trees by 2030. EcoUniverse (tm) is an educational adventure with practical applications to engage, entertain and uplift youth on sustainability and economic well-being by maximizing the proven power of gaming. Set in an environment of non-stop thrills and amazing adventures, EcoUniverse can shape the future of this planet, building infrastructure and positive impact for global communities.
Coordinating a project of this scale and magnitude is in our DNA! EcoUniverse’s award-winning team of humanitarians, scientists, entrepreneurs and innovators have experience and competency in establishing organizations, building partnerships, driving marketing outreach, raising funds and garnering recognition for nonprofits and brands.
To address the pressing issues of coronavirus and imminent global disasters, we bring together the groundbreaking work of Dr. Bremley Lyngdoh, Co-Chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Education Caucus, the expertise of Baby Rage Games and a world-class advisory board. Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel Prize Economic Science Recipient & former Chief Economist at the World Bank and Jeffrey Sachs, Special Advisor to the UN SDSN & UN Secretary-General, are Dr. Lyngdoh’s advisors from Columbia University's School of International & Public Affairs where he earned his Master’s Degree. Along with our full advisory team, they are working in cooperation with the State of the World Initiative. One of the key members of this initiative, Dr. Lyngdoh’s mentor, Dr. Jane Goodall inspired him to co-found the Global Youth Action Network in 2000 and then mobilize millions of young people from 175 countries in a single day – before social media.
EcoUniverse will be playable on VR and PC as a single application where players choose missions in accordance with the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Players become superheroes saving the planet using the five elements of nature, implementing realistic solutions. Unlike traditional 2D gaming, the EcoUniverse VR platform allows players to feel like they're actually flying through the sky.
Although there are currently an estimated two billion people who are already gamers today, few games provoke awareness of the real-world challenges facing the population. According to the Entertainment Software Association, 70% of US families have a child who plays video games, 90% of parents in the United States pay attention to the games their kids are playing and more than half enjoy playing games with their children weekly. We want kids to lead by example, implementing solutions from the safety of their own homes. EcoUniverse is an open-world superhero game where players can move freely and affect their environment. Think Grand Theft Auto, but with opposite messaging, based on reality preparing our youth to restore the natural balance.
Dr. Lyngdoh won the BridgeBuilder Challenge in 2017 and used the awarded funds to design AI-powered drones to fire seed pods and monitor reforestation from the sky. These drones transmit data in real-time on the health and functionality of mangrove ecosystems. Then we load this data into EcoUniverse, thrusting players into real-life restoration efforts, using AI for the betterment of humanity by taking it to the next level. EcoUniverse incorporates film from these AI drones, NASA satellites and actual footage from Dr. Lyngdoh's revolutionary work planting rubber and mangrove trees coupled with VR interactions showing players first-hand the life or death stakes for people, the economy and the planet.
Starting in space, the player sees the blue marble of Earth. Then swooping into the beautiful Delta Region of Myanmar, they glide along the coast, finding themselves side by side with men and women planting mangroves. Animations illustrate the destruction that happens if the mission fails. Restoring and protecting ecosystems is reflected most clearly in SDG 14, sustaining oceans and coasts, as well as other SDGs, including eliminating poverty and hunger ( SDG 1 and SDG 2 ), ensuring livelihoods and economic growth ( SDG 8 ), climate change impacts ( SDG 13 ), and halting biodiversity loss ( SDG 15 ).
Players restore the balance on Earth through their gaming actions. For example, players who plant trees in the game have real trees planted in India's Eric Bremley Lyngdoh Agroforestry project through our partner Worldview Impact Foundation and in Myanmar's Thor Heyerdahl Climate Park with Ecofriend World. Players earn points and superpowers for good deeds.
Throughout gameplay, players realize superpowers aren't enough to save the planet. They must implement realistic solutions based on current issues to progress in the game. Our message: as cool as it is to be a superhero, how much cooler would it be to be capable of helping people, with solutions that superpowers alone can't solve? EcoUniverse spreads virally as players engage their friends and family with solutions and gain additional points to underscore the importance of working together.
We enlist our Ecofriend World Champions globally via the interactive game to plant one billion trees and provide green jobs with sustainable livelihoods for millions living in poverty. Our restoration parks are expanding to numerous locations to mitigate one billion tons of CO2 from being released into our planet's atmosphere by maintaining and protecting our forests. We also improve waste management by empowering kids to clean up trash and plastic, stimulating local economies by selling the waste to recycling plants.
If we don't take immediate action to reverse the damage, there won't be a planet left for our children and future generations to inherit. EcoUniverse will be launched as a Call to Action to recruit budding Ecofriend Champions to each plant ten trees per year to offset their own carbon emissions. Each mangrove tree produces enough clean O2 for 4 people to breathe. Our children are trained by leading experts in the field and are given the necessary education and equipment to manage and safeguard our projects as they run for 35 years.
Our initiatives aren't just for children in developed countries with internet access. We are working with telecom organizations to provide free Wi-Fi in remote areas. We deploy infrastructure to impoverished nations and transmit the curriculum from Montessori Model United Nations. Our online workshops establish a global network to coordinate projects that can be implemented in school campuses, nearby green spaces or with the international community. EcoUniverse focuses on inspiring young people to terminate COVID-19 by teaching them about health, well-being and values, preventing future outbreaks by taking care of wildlife and their natural habitats.
For many people in impoverished nations, education on the importance of conservation simply isn’t enough. They have to feed their families and often do so by cutting down trees for charcoal production. Our projects offer alternative income streams by teaching them how to make high-quality products in sustainable ways that pay double, such as raising orchids, collecting nipa palm sap and bee honey. This method simultaneously limits deforestation while creating tremendous opportunities for disadvantaged communities, especially for women and children, boosting their economy.
In September 2015, 193 countries adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a roadmap to alleviate global poverty and advance social and economic development as we accelerate the integrated management of our natural systems. According to a NASA report, only 20% of original mangrove trees are in existence. It is projected that the remaining mangrove cover will be extinct by 2030. Our mangrove restoration strategy can be replicated in 120 countries where these miracle trees grow.
Mangroves shield coastal communities. Louisiana cut down their mangroves, which significantly increased the destruction from Hurricane Katrina. According to the UN Environment Programme, mangrove deforestation in Myanmar contributed to the devastation of Cyclone Nargis in 2008, when more than 140,000 people lost their lives and 800,000 were displaced. People forced to migrate become easy prey for traffickers. We explore ways to end modern-day slavery via community and environmental activism. In the game, players feel the loss of their uprooted comrades when tragedy strikes and aid refugees, leaving no one behind. In reality, our outreach programs give refugees a way to avoid the pitfalls of human traffickers by providing education, eco-friendly jobs for families and restoring mangrove protection. Our video game has a direct impact on the future of these communities. Kids today become our Resolutionary superheroes tomorrow.
EcoUniverse will prepare our youth for the aftermath of the worldwide pandemic by utilizing their favorite forms of entertainment with lessons based upon scientific data. Our quest is to trigger a real-life impact on the planet and our lives, creating a triple-bottom-line win-win-win environmentally, socially and economically!