SouthCoast Massachusetts Global Goals Action

A project by Pokémon GO grassroots community in Southeastern Massachusetts

Our community came together with folks of all different backgrounds & decided if we could get along playing the game surely we could make Global Goals progress.
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Pokémon Go SouthCoast (PoGoSoCo) consists of a grassroots community of all ages, genders, and backgrounds working together to have fun but also to make hands on impact in furthering the aims of the Global Goals. We were first made aware of the Global Goals when Niantic Labs added a t-shirt to the game. We decided to work together at the local level because we understand that positive change begins at home in small steps. We conducted the 1st Global Goals Treasure Hunt, cleaned up 1219 pounds of beach trash, distributed more than 300 reusable bags, and raised over $1,000 for free civil legal aid supporting all of the Global Goals with a particular focus on 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17. Our next event is the 1st Annual Walk for Happiness, Self-Care, and Well-Being on the last Saturday of March to support Goal 3.

What Eleanor Roosevelt said about human rights holds true for achievement of the Global Goals: “Where after all do human rights [global goals] begin? In small places, close to home—so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any map of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person: The neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights [global goals] have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.”

Eleanor Roosevelt, “Where Do Human Rights Begin?” in Courage in a Dangerous World, ed. Allida M. Black (New York: Columbia University Press, 1999), 190.

About the Organization /Team

We came together with folks of all different backgrounds - for instance, where else would a dental surgeon play a game alongside a homeless person, a vegan with a hunter, a retiree with a student, a Democrat with a Republican? If we could get along playing Pokémon GO, surely we could further the Global Goals together? We decided a focus on the ocean, legal needs, and any activity related to walking would be a good match. Thus, our two annual ocean cleanups were born along with our two annual walks for: (1) civil legal aid, (2) happiness, self-care, & well-being.
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Realated SDGs
3 Good Health & Well-Being 13 Climate Action 14 Life Below Water 15 Life on Land 16 Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions ALL SDGs