2023 - A Year of Eco Action!
The ecological crisis is getting worse daily, and we realise that it is impossible to resolve this global crisis only through science and technology or even through economic means or political powers. It is not simply about climate change mitigation, adaptation, or financial commitments such as the Loss and Damage Fund agreed upon in the latest climate conference, COP27. (Jeyaraj SJ, 2022)
Christmas is a season of joy, happiness and giving. Globally, being the world's largest festival, Christmas engulfs the world with an army of sparkly decorative lights and homes filled with the aromas of warm Christmas dinners.
Amid the world undergoing a green shift, Christmas is a festival that has stuck to its roots.
We at the DBGA, are launching the Eco-Christmas campaign 2022. This campaign aims to tackle the footprint we leave behind that affects the environment during the festival season. We have created an Eco-Christmas booklet for this season of Christmas where you can go through and find out ways to help you lead an Eco-Christmas this year!
Season of Creation 2022
“God is gloriously and mysteriously present in creation since he is the Lord who reigns over it. To discover this, we need to be silent, listen, contemplate.” - Pope Francis
The Season of Creation has a special significance for the Catholic Church, particularly since Pope Francis established 1 September as an annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. The Season of Creation unites the world’s 2.4 billion Christians from 1 September to 4 October (Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi) and celebrates the joy of creation as well as encouraging awareness-raising initiatives to protect the natural environment.
The theme of the 2022 Season of Creation is “Listen to the Voice of Creation” which was officially launched by global Christian leaders. God’s creation cries out ever louder and suffers more every day amidst the ongoing climate emergency and biodiversity crisis.
To recapture the ability to contemplate the beauty of God’s creation the Don Bosco Green Alliance has come up with a list of engaging activities for the young. We warmly invite all Salesian institutions to jointly participate in the suggested activities.
World Environment Day 2022 Campaign
#OnlyOneEarth | June 5th - July 31st
Our Earth is facing a triple planetary emergency. Climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution are the symptoms of human actions over the years. The UN campaign #OnlyOneEarth highlights the need to reset balance with nature through transformative changes in how we eat, live, work and move around. As a response to this campaign, the Don Bosco Green Alliance will channel its actions on Sustainable Lifestyles and Sustainable Innovation addressing students, youth, and institutions.
Let's Recycle Up! - A Campaign for Global Recycling Day 2022
18th March - 15th April
Every year our landfills get dumped with billion tons of waste. The piling up of this waste is at the expense of the Earth’s natural resources. The five important natural resources that are linked to our sustenance are water, air, soil, fossil fuels and minerals. With the increase in consumption, these resources are rapidly depleting. If we continue with this way of life we will have destroyed most of the Earths’ supporting habitat.
Our future, therefore, lies in Recycling. Recycling can save our planet! Each year this ‘Sixth Resource’ (recyclables) saves over 700 million tonnes of CO2 emissions and this is projected to increase to 1 billion tons by 2030.
Lets recycle up
With increased pressure from the climate, we know that we have to reduce our carbon footprint to reverse the effects of the climate shift that is taking place. Realistically, recycling is a great alternative to reduce the carbon generated in all of the major production cycles, which can create relief for the resources that are needed to build such products.
Recycling is promoted all over the world and it is an already established method to reliably reduce the trash as well. Recycling all over the world is encouraged, but yet it hasn't reached the global level of effectiveness that is needed to be accomplished.
With this new campaign, let us all get together and promise ourselves to learn more about recycling and sincerely try our best to recycle.
Living with Nature
World Wildlife Day Campaign 2022
24th Feb - 3rd March
Our Earth is bestowed with fascinating flora and fauna spread across diverse ecosystems. The Amazon rainforest, the Congo Basin, the vast deserts of inland Australia, the land of Antarctica. These diverse ecosystems are home to breath-taking species of wildlife.
However, over the last century, we have witnessed a massive loss of biodiversity across the planet. It is estimated that over a million species are threatened with extinction. Much of the extinction is caused due to human activity such as illegal trade, mining, overexploitation of resources & deforestation for agricultural activities.
A Laudato Si Year Campaign
On World Environment Day 2020, Don Bosco institutions, organizations, and networks all over the world will participate in our campaign – Rethink, Reconnect, Renew.
Make Every Drop Count
World Wetland Day is celebrated every year on 2nd February. Similarly, 22nd March is celebrated as World Water Day. Don Bosco Green Alliance is celebrating these two global events around water in 2020 through the campaign – Make Every Drop Count.
Through this campaign, we aim to create awareness around water conservation, the global water crisis and the need for action to save our water sources. We also urge our members to adopt best practices for saving water, efficient water usage and offer simple solutions to this global problem.
Click on the link below to download the campaign note.
Don't Suffocate Our Future
For World Environment Day 2019, Don Bosco institutions, organizations, and networks all over the world made the demand of young people heard, both, by civil society and especially by decision-makers. Accordingly, Don Bosco Network (DBN) and Don Bosco Green Alliance (DBGA), promoted the campaign, Don’t Suffocate Our Future, for World Environment Day 2019.
Keep It Clean
Aligning with World Clean Up Day 2019, the Keep It Clean Campaign was launched in August 2019 with a focus on waste reduction within member organisations.
World Cleanup Day is celebrated on the 21st of September. The first world clean up day was celebrated on 15th September 2018, wherein 18 million people from over 158 countries took part. Over 88500 tonnes of waste was collected. Members of the Don Bosco Green Alliance also participated in this event last year.
World Clean Up Day 2018
On 15th September 2018, 15 million of people in 158 countries united to clean up our world by celebrating WORLD CLEAN UP DAY. It aimed to be the biggest civic action in human history. Volunteers came together to rid our planet of trash – cleaning up litter and mismanaged waste from our beaches, rivers, forests and streets. The movement harnessed the power of everyday people to achieve incredible things by coming together. The event definitely witnessed an enthusiastic participation from members of the Don Bosco Green Alliance! Cleanup activities by Don Bosco institutions were conducted before, on and even beyond 15th September!
Member institutions from 4 countries – Australia, India, Ghana and Rwanda participated in the event. With around 20 organisations and close to 2000 participants the event witnessed great enthusiasm amongst members of the alliance.
World Environment Day 2018
Member institutions from India, Nepal, Ghana and Rwanda organised awareness programs and cleanup campaigns on 5th June 2018 – World Environment Day. Various activities were held to highlight the harmful effects of single use plastics. They also pledged to reduce single use plastics on a personal and at an institutional level. Member institutions conducted activities before and after 5th June 2018 as part of the World Environment Day Programme.