Your 2024 Dream for Ecology!

As a Salesian how can we instill care for our planet? Don Bosco used to take his boys regularly on treks and nature trails. He loved nature and in his early childhood years worked on the farm. Jesus and our blessed Mother spoke to him in his dreams using different animals of nature. We see a deep connection with nature and creation in all his works from care for his poor boys, to taking them on nature treks and spending time outdoors. Don Bosco understood that we are not just part of creation but are one with the Creator and creation.

How can we then go forward with benevolence and without doubt that all created things come from God and must go back to Him for His praise, reverence and service. We must value all the gifts and carry gratitude in our hearts for all God’s creation and the created things we have received from his bounty. This is the attitude we must carry in every Salesian home. We must ask our beloved Blessed Mother to guide our efforts so that we can offer all our labour back to our creator who has bestowed all his blessings upon us.

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

The Letter

A message for our Earth

“We see what is happening, and the worst thing is that we are becoming used to it. This ‘becoming used to’ is a terrible illness.” – Pope Francis.

This documentary focuses on the encyclical letter ‘Laudato Si’ addressed to everyone that the Pope wrote in 2015. Today his message is even more urgent!

This film is presented by YouTube Originals, produced by an Oscar-winning Off The Fence Productions, in partnership with the Laudato Si’ Movement.


About Us

Don Bosco Green Alliance is an international Green Salesian Movement of people from the Salesian Family institutions, who contribute to global environmental action, thought and policy.  Launched in 2018, the alliance is today an active platform where Salesian Family institutions, organisations and individuals exchange ideas and work together on global environmental campaigns all for the ‘Love of Creation.’  Read More...

Priority Areas

Member Activities & Contributions

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.

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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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Health at School Project - Salesiano Jacarezinho 2024

Colégio Salesiano Alberto Monteiro De Carvalho in Jacarezinho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil gives us a report of the Health at School Project - medicine collection point held in their college.

The overall aim of the project is to raise awareness among students and their families about the care of medicines, so that they are made aware of disposal and socio-environmental impacts. When this is done incorrectly, it can cause various socio-environmental impacts, such as:

a) pollution of water resources;

b) soil contamination;

c) damage to people's health and quality of life;

d) imbalances in biodiversity.

 According to VWP Sila, 2022, the main causes of the improper disposal of medicines over time have been related to the population's lack of information about the proper final destination of this waste, the lack of supervision, the need for public policies to train staff and resources to make proper disposal possible, as well as an adequate sanitary structure to receive this waste.

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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.

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. 

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.  

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.