Dia Mirza, actor and UN Goodwill Ambassador, launched an app in October 2022, at a Sustainability conclave in Delhi, to help anyone know their footprint under the 17 UN Sustainability Development Goals (SDG). The app was developed inhouse by Bharat Soka Gakkai, the Indian arm of the 12-million strong Soka Gakkai.
In just a few days of the launch, according to BSG CEO, Vishesh Gupta, the app was downloaded by 8,000 people. He expects that number to surge in the coming months. The SDG app includes access to podcasts and news update on sustainability.
The app’s purpose is to help people learn, reflect and act on sustainability and climate challenges. This, Mr. Gupta says, is meant to inculcate a culture of sustainability and influence behavior that is environment friendly.
BSG is taking its mission to schools by organizing exhibitions where it encourages students to form SDG clubs. It has mandated monthly meets for its 270,000 strong members for sharing their experiences. BSG hopes that by 2030, its SDG mission could become a mass movement thereby helping India achieve its mandated SDG goals.
Japan-based Soka Gokkai is an association of grassroots organizations that promotes the belief that conscious individuals have the power to influence the outcome of local and global issues. Half its 12 million members are in their mid 20s.
Links below for downloading BSG for SDG app