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From Sacrifice Zones to Equitopia: a pathway to justice

This project seeks to explore methods for transitioning sacrifice zones into territories of repair, known as Equitopia. Initially, “sacrifice zone” referred to areas that suffered extensive environmental damage or economic disinvestment, causing chemical pollution and health hazards for adjacent residents. Today, the term encompasses a range of case studies from across the globe, describing situations where particular groups are deemed expendable and thus subjected to harm or sacrifice without their consent. The project aims to identify and implement strategies to address these harms and shift towards more just and sustainable outcomes. A key tool in this endeavor is a board game designed to foster critical thinking and discussion among citizens, empowering them to advocate for their rights and claim the services they need. By playing the game, individuals can become more engaged in civic events and better equipped to navigate complex power dynamics within the system. In the future, the potential applications for this tool are diverse. As a pedagogical tool, it could prove invaluable for teachers seeking to enhance their lessons with interactive and engaging content. Its interactive nature provided the potential to be a conversation starter at international conferences.