The Final Declaration from the Salesian Conference on Energy

By Don Bosco Green Alliance

January 130, 2020

At the end of the international Salesian conference on clean, renewable green energy, entitled “Energy Forever” which was held in Rome on November 26 & 27representatives of various NGOs, Mission Offices and Salesian institutions of 20 countries from all over the world who were led by the Congregation’s Economer General, Salesian Brother Jean-Paul Muller, and by the General Councilor for the Missions, Fr Guillermo Basañes, a final Declaration, which contains specific commitments on the protection of Creation in terms of care of and for the “common home” was signed.

For many years now, the Salesian Congregation has been conscious of the problem of the environment. This consciousness led to the birth of the DON BOSCO GREEN ALLIANCE. The Institutions and Provinces adopted concrete practices that reduce pollution, promote recycling and encourage the use of solar energy. The encyclical, Laudato Sì added impetus to our work in this line. And that is why last November, the Economer General’s Office and the Sector for the Missions promoted the “Energy Forever” conference on green, clean and renewable energy.

The timing of the conference is perfect,” says Fr Basanes, “as the topic is in perfect harmony with the theme of General Chapter 28 – Which Salesian for the youth of today?”

This conference, concluded in Rome on 27 November 2019 with a statement requesting the entire congregation to give ‘Climate Emergency’, as Pope Francis calls it, the urgent attention that our young people want us to.

This final statement or appeal of the conference can be found here, in English, Italian and Spanish.