The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets adopted at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015 are international goals for all countries to focus on so that we can solve a variety of issues on a global scale. To achieve these goals, everyone around the world must become more aware of various issues in their home countries and worldwide, and contribute to global sustainability.
Miraikan hosted the Science Center World Summit (*1) in 2017, where science centers from around the world held discussions and established the "Tokyo Protocol (*2)" action guidelines, agreeing that science centers will promote activities to contribute to achieving the SDGs.
Based on the Tokyo Protocol, the Miraikan will contribute to the achievement of the SDGs and the creation of a sustainable society through different exhibition activities.
(*1) Science Center World Summit 2017
The Miraikan hosted the Science Center World Summit 2017 (November 15-17, 2017). The main theme of the summit was "Connecting the World for a Sustainable Future," and 828 people from 98 countries and regions participated.
(*2) Tokyo Protocol
The Tokyo Protocol, agreed at the Science Center World Summit 2017, is a guideline for action for science centers around the world. It declares that science centers will take action in order to foster understanding among citizens and come up with creative activities to help achieve the SDGs.
The Miraikan's main activities relating to SDGs
The "TSUNAGARI" Project
The "TSUNAGARI" Project began in 2011, and is based on four tools: Geo-Cosmos, Geo-Scope, Geo-Palette, and Geo-Prism. Through collaboration with researchers and artists within and outside Japan, this project involves collecting scientific information about the Earth and carrying out activities to communicate that information visually in a way that will appeal to the senses. This project encourages citizen participation in the global sustainability that we need to achieve the SDGs, aiming to deepen our knowledge about our Earth as it is now and our current selves and, together with people from around the world, consider what we should do to link the rich Earth of today to the future.
Picture Happiness on Earth Project
This project involves creating a video for the Geo-Cosmos display at the Miraikan through collaboration with middle and high school students in the Asia-Pacific region and female middle and high school students in Japan. The finished product, the shape of happiness as seen by teenagers, created according to their unique viewpoint and expressiveness, is becoming rich with suggestions for the achievement of SDGs.
Educational Materials on the Environment: "Encounter with Earth"
Educational Materials on the Environment,"Encounter with Earth", will be provided for people involved in education. Centered on the screening of an animated movie,"Encounter with Earth" (planned, written and produced by Miraikan), based on the theme of the cycling of substances, the program also allows visitors to learn about the environment before and after watching the movie. It encourages interest in the cycling of substances on a global scale, and how it relates to our daily lives, allowing participants to gain an understanding of the basic concepts required to attain the SDGs.
Japan Science Museum Association Initiatives
Japan Science Museum Association chaired by Miraikan aims to bolster coordination between science museums in Japan, and initiatives are being implemented to promote the spread and understanding of SDGs, and also the participation of citizens in activities to attain them in their respective regions.