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.

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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...

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Coexistence In Nature

The 4th grade students of Salesianos Úbeda, Spain visit a nature classroom located in the heart of the Sierra de Cazorla, Segura y las Villas Natural Park.

 This activity aims to raise awareness about the need to protect biodiversity and to alert about the need to preserve it.  We also want to highlight the beauty of the natural environment of our land, its flora and fauna.

 In our school we believe that we must encourage love for nature to educate future adults committed to its care and, therefore, we must propose actions and changes that favor our relationship with the environment.

 During this activity our students have refreshed themselves in the clear waters of our rivers, breathed the clean air of our mountains, caressed the breeze of the valleys, embraced their trees and have been surprised by the different species that live in this wonderful land. For two days the students of 4th grade of Primary Education have been able to smell, feel, caress, see... in short, connect with nature.

 Caring for Mother Earth is, first and foremost, an individual responsibility that leads to a collective responsibility and commitment in which each of us has a role to play.  "If we feel intimately united with all that exists, sobriety and care will spontaneously spring forth" (cf. Laudato si' 11).

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Environmental Care Week focused on the importance of Clean Energy

From June 3 to 7, Environmental Care Week was held at Centro Educativo Salesianos Talca, Chile, with the aim of promoting greater awareness and commitment to caring for the environment, promoting concrete actions that reflect the principles of integral ecology and responsibility towards creation, focused in the year 2024 on the importance of clean energy.


Science teacher Nicole Rojas pointed out that taking care of the environment implies responsibility not only as a social duty, but also due to the deep roots of faith and spirituality.  

“Let us remember that lording over creation does not mean exploiting it without consideration. The true essence of this teaching is to be wise and compassionate stewards. “God has entrusted us with his creation, and our mandate is to manage it in a way that preserves its integrity, beauty, and ability to sustain life,” the professor added when delivering her message in the Good Morning special.

During the week, to inspire changes in behavior and sustainable habits that contribute to the preservation of biodiversity and the well-being of present and future generations, on May 31, the first native trees were planted in Villa Pinardi, located in Callejones, with 20 third and fourth year students.  

On June 5 and 7, the Seremi de Energía team, led by Paula Luna, installed a model of energy generation and energy dice, to show students how energy is generated and deliver elements for better use of it. This experience was experienced by all CEST modalities.


The Environmental Care Awareness Week culminated with a special Good Morning, on June 6, where students and the entire educational community were invited to initiate actions regarding adopting sustainable practices on a daily basis, such as reducing consumption. of plastics, save water and energy, and opt for ecological products. The motivation was done through two videos, with the 31-minute characters: Juan Carlos Bodoque and Mico Micofono


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10 facts to know about the environment

The Salesian Bulletin in Brazil has listed 10 data items on the environment on which to reflect.

 

Source: ANS

UK now has a bug hotel called ‘Bugingham Palace’!

Students at St John Bosco, Liverpool, UK have been working towards our second Green Alliance aim by creating 'Bugingham Palace'! We used pallets from our school deliveries and instead of throwing them away, we turned them into the base of our bug hotel. We used pipes that were donated by a local business, and then collected leaves from the school grounds that had naturally fallen to encourage the bugs to nestle in there. We are aiming to have "Wingsor Castle" and "Edinbug Castle" very soon!

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Cultivating Sustainability: The Salesian Hydroponics Eco Ubuntu Project

In a world where environmental sustainability is paramount, the Salesian Hydroponics Eco-Ubuntu Project stands out as a key initiative underpinning progress. This innovative initiative embodies the essence of community empowerment and ecological stewardship. Through a multifaceted approach encompassing renewable energy, water access, waste management, hydroponics, and sustainable cultivation, the project aims to create a greener future for all.

Launched by the Salesian AFM Provincial Office in Johannesburg in January 2024, the Eco-Ubuntu project is a testament to the Salesians’ commitment to holistic development. At its core, the Eco-Ubuntu project seeks to instil a "green mindset" within communities by facilitating accessible and practical green interventions. From hydroponic systems and solar installation training to borehole installations, the project empowers individuals to embrace sustainable practices in their daily lives. Central to this endeavour is the promotion of hydroponics – a soil-less farming technique that maximizes resource efficiency and minimizes environmental impact.

The Salesian Institute Youth Projects (SIYP) in Green Point serves as a vital hub for the implementation of the project’s initiatives in Cape Town. Through hydroponics and solar training programmes, young people are equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in a rapidly evolving green economy.

One of the project’s standout achievements is the integration of hydroponics into education and employment pathways for disadvantaged youth. Under the NEETs Youth Employability Programme (Not in Education, Employment, or Training), young people are actively involved in the rollout and implementation of hydroponics projects in their communities. By engaging these youth in meaningful work, the project not only addresses unemployment but also fosters a sense of ownership and pride in environmental conservation efforts.

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UCDB Receives Award for Environmental Project

The Catholic University Dom Bosco (UCDB) at Campo Grande, Brazil and the State Home Minister’s Office of Mato Grosso do Sul (MPE-MS) have been awarded the 2nd  "Ipê Amarelo" Environmental Award. The Environment and Sustainability Commission of the Regional Council of Engineering and Agronomy of Mato Grosso do Sul (Crea-MS) recognized the project of the Integrated Center for Environmental Protection and Research (Ceippam), which has been developed at UCDB over the past six years. Additionally, Master's student Priscila Quevedo Monteiro Garcez from UCDB's postgraduate program in Environmental Sciences and Agricultural Sustainability was honored for her Takakura project. UCDB was represented at the award ceremony by Denilson Oliveira Guilherme, coordinator of the Agro-environmental Program, Andressa Tognon, coordinator of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Agency (S-Inova), Ph.D., student Wesley Carvalho, and interns. Ceippam operates on two fronts: the Center for Research and Practice in Environmental Law (Nuppam), located in the Center for Legal Practices (Nuprajur) at UCDB, and the Technical Center (NT), which operates in the Geoprocessing Laboratory of the Catholic University. The technicians provide information and data to support environmental promotions in Mato Grosso do Sul in procedural decisions. The second edition of the Ipê Amarelo Prize aims to recognize projects and initiatives related to environmental conservation, sustainability, technologies, and entrepreneurship involving engineering, agronomy, and geosciences in Mato Grosso do Sul. This edition received more than 20 proposals, and two projects were awarded in each of the three categories: professional, student, and institution. In the professional category, Priscila Garcez, an environmental engineer and Master's student at UCDB, was awarded for her project "Takakura Accelerated Composting Method."

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.


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