Game off

Switch off your screen & play outside

From Pong to Portal, video games have entertained and challenged us all. They're fun. But you can have too much of a good thing. Spending lots of time in front of a screen not only leads to sore thumbs and square eyes, but also bigger waistlines, energy bills, and carbon footprints.

So for a few hours each week, switch off your screens and gadgets and go outside. It's that simple.

Why

Here are a few reasons to take action.

Click for more info or scroll to read them all.

Climate change

Games consoles can suck up as much power as a vacuum cleaner.1 Swap the computer games for outdoor games and save 60kg CO2 over a year.

Money

Saving energy means saving money, especially with ever-increasing electricity prices. Game off and save your cash.

Social

A game of frisbee or five-a-side football is a great way to catch up with your mates and have some fun. Lift your eyes from your screen and see what's going on around you - you might be surprised!

Health

Swapping an hour or two of video/phone games each week for more energetic activity can help you lose weight, protect you against cancer, diabetes and heart disease, and it might even help you to do better at school or work.2

Time

The average gamer wastes 13 hours a week on gaming.3 To put it another way, that’s almost a month wasted to non-stop gaming every year! Just think what you could do with all that time.

Global Goals

In September 2017, a 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

Try out a new sport, pick up an old favourite, or simply go explore the great outdoors.

It's normally more fun with other people, so invite your mates along to the park, the pool, or the paintball field. Go on, text them now.

Here are a few helpful starters:

  • 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!

Whatever you do, make sure you have fun!

Success Stories

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727kg

CO2
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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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