Game off

Switch off your screen & play outside

Screens are addictive for a reason. From Pinterest to Portal, from Facebook to your favourite show, we love to be entertained by games, social media, TV and practically anything else that’s screen-shaped.

But you can have too much of a good thing.

Lots of screen-time doesn’t just lead to sore thumbs and square eyes*, it’s also linked to wider waistlines, bigger energy bills and larger carbon footprints.

So for a few hours each week, switch off your screens and do something different.

It's that simple.

*according to all mums everywhere

Why

Here are a few reasons to take action.

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Climate change

Screens are hungry for our time and our energy supply. Although individually, the use of various electronic items doesn’t seem like much, all those small footprints add up to a bigger one1. And, what with the nightly phone and iPad charging and the various TVs, laptops and games consoles that need plugging in, powering our screen habit adds up to a significant amount of energy use.

So swap the screens for some free, offline fun and save nearly 70kg CO2 over a year.

Money

Saving energy means saving money, especially as the average number of devices per household increases and with high electricity prices2. So switch off and save your cash.

Social

If we’re honest, there’s nothing particularly social about social media, particularly if you compare it to a game of frisbee or five-a-side football with your mates.

There are more and more studies showing that too much screen time - whether we’re watching, scrolling, commenting or playing - damages our overall wellbeing3. So disconnect from your screen and enjoy all the benefits of a more socially-connected lifestyle!

Health

Swapping a few hours of mindless screen time each week for more energetic activity will do wonders for your overall health. Not only is exercising outdoors strongly linked to mental wellbeing4, it can also help you lose weight, while protecting you against cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

Sound good?

Time

We now spend about half our waking time on screens. The average gamer plays for just over 7 hours per week, which is up by nearly 20% from last year5.

To put it another way, that’s almost half a month wasted to non-stop gaming every year! Just think what you could do with all that time.

Global Goals

In September 2017, an historic agreement was signed by UN member nations agreeing to work towards 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development by 2030, otherwise known as the SDGs.

Achieving these ambitious goals will require action from governments, businesses, NGOs, and individuals alike. We can - and must - all play our part.

By making the 'Game off' pledge, you are contributing to the following SDG targets:

11.7: By 2030, provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, in particular for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities

12.8: By 2030, ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature

13.3: Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning

How

Here’s the fun bit. Getting offline and away from your screens shouldn’t feel like a sacrifice. There are so many ways you can fill your time with physically and mentally rewarding, low-carbon, social and super-fun activities.

Why not try out a new sport, pick up an old favourite, or simply go explore the great outdoors.

Here are a few starters:

  • Project Wild Thing - they have some great ideas for getting stuck into nature.
  • Discover a hobby - if you're up for trying a new sport or hobby check out this site for the low-down on everything from Acroyoga and Archery to Sign Language and Screenwriting!
  • Your local leisure centre - find out what sports classes and clubs yours runs.
  • Meetup - want to get outside but not sure who to go with? Meetup is a really friendly platform that people use to organise clubs and group events - including everything from hikes and bike rides to wine tastings, language exchange and theatre trips!

Success Stories

229

Pledges
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943kg

CO2
pledged

It was interesting to see if i could actually do it or not and i was surprised that i could! Everyone should give it a go. =D

It was liberating to be able to give up Candy Crush finally.

Could have even done more! It's easy and green! :-)

Sacked off the gaming, started paddle boarding!

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