Introducing the Don Bosco School of Theology’s “LENTEN ECOFAST” Initiative

In the spirit of Lenten reflection and commitment to environmental stewardship, the Don Bosco School of Theology (DBST) (Philippines) is proud to unveil its latest initiative: the “LENTEN ECOFAST”. Spearheaded by the dedicated efforts of the ITF Student Council and supported by the Vice- Dean for Student Affairs, this project aims to engage the entire DBST community in a collective effort to protect our planet.

The “LENTEN ECOFAST” initiative is a holistic approach to fasting, focusing on four essential elements: fire, air, water, and earth. Each element represents a critical aspect of our environment, and through mindful actions, we seek to reduce our ecological footprint and promote sustainability.

For fire (energy conservation), the DBST community has committed to a simple yet impactful change: refraining from using air conditioning in classrooms during the last hour of classes. By minimizing energy consumption, we are taking a proactive step towards reducing our reliance on non-renewable resources.

In addressing air quality, DBST proudly announces itself as a “no-idling of vehicles zone.” This means that vehicles on campus will refrain from unnecessary idling, thereby reducing emissions and improving air quality for all members of our community.

Water conservation is another crucial focus of the “LENTEN ECOFAST”. To minimize water waste, we have implemented a new approach to dishwashing, utilizing bins instead of faucets. This simple switch not only conserves water but also encourages mindfulness in our daily activities.

Finally, in our commitment to nurturing the earth, DBST is organizing a tree planting activity that will mark the culmination of the Lenten season. By actively participating in this hands-on

initiative, we demonstrate our dedication to environmental preservation and sustainable land Management.

The “LENTEN ECOFAST” initiative commenced on February 14, 2024, and will be sustained throughout the Lenten season. Beyond just a temporary endeavor, our goal is to cultivate a new lifestyle rooted in conservation principles, thereby making a lasting contribution to the well-being of our planet.

Through the collective efforts of the DBST community, we aspire to foster a deeper sense of connection with nature and a heightened awareness of our responsibility to care for our common home. As we embark on this journey of eco-consciousness, let us embrace the spirit of Lent as an opportunity for personal reflection, growth, and positive change.

Together, we can make a difference. Let us join hands in solidarity as stewards of the Earth, working towards a sustainable future for generations to come.