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We are an international collective of young people from Salesian Institutions & organizations who are passionate about the welfare of our only planet. 

Member Activities 

Fr. Thomas, the Salesians UN representative and Br. Robert, the Claretian missionary UNEP Coordinator visit Don Bosco Tech Africa

Fr. Mathew Thomas, representing the Salesians of Don Bosco at the United Nations (UN), and Br. Robert Omondi, a Claretian missionary coordinating their congregational presence at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), paid a courtesy visit to the Don Bosco Tech Africa (DBTA) Office in Nairobi.

During the meeting, they were briefed on Don Bosco Tech Africa’s initiatives and their alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Fr. Thomas expressed his satisfaction with the alignment of DBTA programs with the SDGs. He emphasized the necessity of networking for successful advocacy, highlighting that organizations like DBTA must collaborate with stakeholders from both the public and private sectors to fulfil their missions. Given Don Bosco’s focus on youth, Fr. Thomas highlighted the pivotal role DBTA can play in advocating for young people at the UN level. He also stressed that this meeting marks the initial step in connecting DBTA to the UN, with DBTA poised to serve as a leading model for other Don Bosco Tech centres worldwide in obtaining UN accreditation.

Br. Robert commended DBTA for its efforts in empowering marginalized youth in Africa and suggested that DBTA could provide a unique voice for technical and vocational education and training (TVET) at the UN. He underscored the significance of empowering young people to voice their concerns in international forums such as the United Nations.

Fr. Thomas and Br. Robert assured DBTA of their support in the accreditation process at the UN.

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Continental Youth Exchange of Eco-Experiences

Seventeen HMA and SDB provinces in Latin America have been participating in a continental program financed by the German government and carried out by the Don Bosco Mission of Bonn, funded by the German Government called "Sustainable Latin America".

From Argentina, the Ceferino Namuncurá Province is participating through the Casa Salesiana La Piedad, chosen for the project as a Pilot Educational Environment (AEP).

Among the actions carried out in this AEP we can mention:

- Measurement of the carbon footprint in this Salesian house (with the advice of the UTN),

- Actions to mitigate the carbon footprint (through the development of waste separators for various allied institutions, planting waste separators for various allied institutions, solidarity planting, etc.), and

- Training course for environmental youth leaders

In this regard, in La Piedad, 200 young people underwent annual training in environmental leadership.

As part of this process, two young people participated in a continental exchange with other young people from El Salvador and Chile, resulting in a very meaningful experience for the participants.

To watch the event, you can go to:  https://www.facebook.com/share/v/vmM49erXDBXmBX2L/?mibextid=qi2Omg

Tree Plantation Activity at Don Bosco TVET Center - Calauan, Inc., Philippines

As part of the Climate change adaptation and mitigation program, Don Bosco Calauan organized and carried out a tree-planting activity at Southville 7, Site 3, Brgy. Sto. Tomas, Calauan, Laguna, led by our Rector, Fr. Paul Michael B. Suarez, SDB.

Fr. Suarez, SDB began by providing a brief review of climate change and its effects, and the goal and significance of planting trees.

In three to five years, these saplings should grow into strong fruit-bearing trees that will soon be able to minimize climate change, prevent flooding, assist clean air, and produce food.

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Learning how to nurture trees using technology!

Friday 3rd May, St John Bosco Arts College, Liverpool, UK, welcomed the Tree Council into school to help year 7 Planet Protectors and Faith in Action students to learn about the trees in our school and how we can look after them more. Our aims in the Alliance include developing our green areas so we learnt how to look out for signs that we need to look after our trees e.g. waterlogging or lichen which might suggest diseases. We also have an aim to develop our small ecosystems in school, so using microscopes, we looked at species that were living in our tree barks. We also placed some of the upcycled bird feeders in our trees to make sure the birds get the food they need! We had a great day and cannot wait to develop our plans further.

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Saving Waste from Improper Disposal

About to complete two years, the Recirculando Project at Casa do Puríssimo Coração de Maria in Sao Paulo, Brazil is already part of the routine of many of the educated people, families and employees of the Casa do Puríssimo. Only in April 2024, 54 kg of organic waste were stopped from being wrongly discarded, where it would probably be the destination of the municipality's sanitary landfill, but here they turned it into a great fertilizer for their gardens through this circular action of organic recycling.


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Laudato Si' dreamers for a better world

Port Moresby, PNG, 2 MAY 2024 -- The Laudato Si Camp 2024, with its theme: "Laudato si' dreamers for a better world," was a two-day event held at the Don Bosco Technological Institute (DBTI) Gymnasium and its surrounding premises. Organized and hosted by the FMA sisters, staff, and student leaders of Mary Help of Christians Vocational Education Training (FODE) Centre, the camp aimed to instill environmental awareness and action among its participants.

Over 200 participants from NCD schools and Catholic Parishes came together on the 13th of April. The activities of the first day included valuable presentations by student leaders on the principles of 5S (Sort, set in order, Shine, Standardize, Sustain) and green skills. These presentations equipped the campers with knowledge and strategies to promote cleanliness and environmental sustainability. This was then put into practice in cleaning, organizing, and caring for the environment in different schools. The participants demonstrated exceptional teamwork and dedication, effectively sorting out trash for recycling and leaving a positive impact on the school environments they visited.

Overall, the Laudato Si Camp 2024 fostered a sense of responsibility towards the environment and empowered participants to become agents of positive change in their communities.

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Blog Articles

The United Nations Environment Program’s Faith for Earth coalition approached the Don Bosco Green Alliance to nominate a member for the Faith for Earth Youth council. I, Leann D’souza, was nominated by the DBGA and subsequently selected as a member for the council.

The Faith for Earth Coalition is a global platform to facilitate partnerships with faith leaders, faith-based organizations and people of faith at global, regional and local levels in order to inspire, empower and strengthen action and behavioral changes towards achieving the SGDs.

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During the month of May, I attend the community rosary in my Church and in my local small Christian community, and a rosary which is conducted for all the residents in my building. Our services begin with adorning the grotto with candles, incense and flowers, singing hymns to Our Lady, praying the rosary followed by savoring some delicious snacks, playing games and enjoying a time of togetherness. One of my benevolent neighbors often takes the responsibility of sponsoring snacks and also cleaning and lighting up the Cross where we gather to say the rosary. 

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Don Bosco Green Alliance was privileged to be part of the faculty that provided resources for the ongoing course - Joint Diploma on Integral Ecology - which is being held by the Pontifical University in Rome.

The DBGA selected Fr. Francis Gustilo, SDB, President of the Don Bosco School of Theology (DBST), Philippines, a very active member of the DBGA. Fr. Francis gave the participants of the course an inside view of how the DBST has implemented Pope Francis' Laudato Si' in their curriculum and a gist of the institute's vision for the next 10 years.  

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Today the term “development” is widely used, but often from a philanthropic or ideological perspective. That is why it is important to talk about integral sustainable development from a Catholic perspective. Doing so, on the monthly anniversary of the Salesian Missionary Expedition, is General Councillor for Missions Fr Alfred Maravilla.

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Here are some ideas from the World's Largest Lesson Newsletter on how to celebrate Earth Day with students -

Resource of the Month: #MakeSpaceforNature 

Ages 8-14

As we celebrate Earth Month, encourage students to understand the wonder of biodiversity and why it’s key to achieving the Global Goals. Explore the beauty of the natural world with students and understand why we need to bend the curve on nature loss.

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Young people from all over the world are once again invited to participate in the "Don Bosco Global Youth Film Festival" (DBGYFF), the Salesian international youth film festival. The Social Communication Sector of the Salesian Congregation has in fact joyfully announced the third edition of the competition, the final of which is scheduled for 17-18 October 2024 - as usual in a multitude of realities and locations in over 100 countries around the world. 

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We're excited to announce a new partnership. On March 19th, the Feast of St. Joseph, the Don Bosco Green Alliance signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Jugend Eine Welt for the promotion of the "Back to Nature" campaign.

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Easter People Choose to BE GREEN…and Continue to Fast and Feast

Easter means FULLER LIFE, a rejuvenated life with all its expressions. Fasting need not end with Lent. Fasting does not exclude Feasting. In some sense, fasting is feasting. They are two sides of the same coin. Here, I do not mean fasting in the context of food but fasting from some habits and behaviours. This continuous fasting enhances one’s personal and social life, and benefits our natural environment.     

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Why I Prefer a Flexitarian Approach Over Vegetarianism for Lent 

As the season of Lent approaches, many individuals contemplate dietary changes as part of their spiritual practice. While some opt for strict vegetarianism, others, like myself, find that a flexitarian approach better aligns with both our religious observance and personal values. In this article, I will explore why I believe flexitarianism offers a more sustainable and holistic approach to Lenten dietary practices.

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Planting trees on concrete land requires some extra effort compared to planting in soil, but it's still possible. Here's a basic guide:

1. Choose the Right Tree: Select a tree species that is resilient and can adapt to the harsh conditions of growing in concrete. Look for trees with shallow root systems and drought tolerance.

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Benzina Zero is an Australian Company founded by Ben Silver and Joe D'Ercole just a few years ago. After successful business careers, they had both decided to retire early, go off-grid, spend time with family and community.

But again, in tandem, with concerns for the environment and their young children, they began Benzina Zero, No Petrol, designing and producing electric scooters and mopeds.  Read More...

What is an Eco Youth Encounter?

The "Eco Youth Encounter" is a monthly webinar series designed for youth aged 13 to 25 who are passionate about environmental sustainability and climate action. The Laudato Si’ Movement and the Don Bosco Green Alliance have partnered to launch this initiative.  Through this initiative, young people can connect with like-minded peers, gain valuable insights into environmental issues, and develop the skills and knowledge needed to effect positive change in their communities and beyond.   Read More...