11 July 2019
14:00 to 15:30 Hrs.
Commonwealth Joint Office
685 Third Avenue, Suite 1102,
New York, NY 11017
September Kelokelo from Papua New Guinea has graduated with a Diploma in Electronics Technology. The current changes in weather patterns, which are causing unexpected environmental effects that especially threaten small islands, has driven her to get actively involved in environmental issues.
Santiago Corrales is a student at Don Bosco Technical Insitute, Panama City, Panama. He is presently the president of the Eco Club in the institute. He stronly believes that “we need a human heart to take care of God’s creation.” He is working to bring people together as a team to address the many environmental issues he is locally facing in Panama.
Rebecca Petz is currently studying for the master program in ‘Peace and Conflict Studies’ in Germany. She has been researching the impact of climate change on natural resources, and how this leads to conflict. Rebecca firmly believes that climate change is impacting the future of young people, and hence, governments and large industrial companies must be held accountable for their inaction.
Abigail Gyabaa is from Ghana. Africa is a ‘young’ continent’ and Abigail is keenly aware that climate change is negatively impacting the possibilities and opportunities available to young people in Africa. She is a member of Don Bosco Youth Network West Africa (DBYN) and is actively engaged in addressing environmental concerns.
Fr. Savio Silveira SDB is a passionate environmentalist and an expert in environmental education. A staunch supporter of Laudato Si’, he firmly believes that “caring for our common home” should be a key global priority. In the typical Salesian manner, he focuses on getting young people involved in environmental action. As Convener of the Don Bosco Green Alliance, he provides strategic leadership and works at building up the alliance.
H.E. Mr. Ali’ioaiga Feturi Elisaia
Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Samoa
H.E. The Most Reverend Bernardito Auza
Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations
Moderator: Fr. Savio Silveira, SDB
Founder, Don Bosco Green Alliance
September Kelokelo, Environmental Activist, Papua New Guinea
Santiago Corrales, President, Eco Club ITDB, Panama
Rebecca Petz, Student Researcher, Germany
Abigail Gyabaa, Don Boscy Youth Network – West Africa, Ghana
William Keyah, Sustainable Agricultural Practitioner and Trainer, Kenya