Between the 23rd-26th of January 2020 the Let’s Do It World Conference took place in Tallinn, Estonia. Don Bosco Green Alliance was also part of it as a partner of the World Clean Up Day movement and Let’s Do It World. Melanie Troxler from the Don Bosco Green Alliance participated in the event.
From Mauritius to Iceland almost 100 representatives of countries around the world were present at the conference and shared their stories and achievements of World Clean Up Day 2019. Furthermore, representatives of the Earth Day Network, UN Habitat, corporates, activists and many more shared their strategies, actions and ideas on how to tackle plastic pollution crisis and raise awareness among people worldwide.
Let’s Do It World engaged in 2019 with 20 million people from over 180 countries, through its global partners in the World Cleanup Day 2019. The Alliance participated in this event. A clear goal is to engage even more people in 2020.
Don Bosco Green Alliance was also present at the workshop on how to engage young people in environmental action thought and policy and we shared the experience of our members worldwide and could connect on an international, regional and local level.
We thank Let’s Do It World for this inspiring and meaningful conference!
For more information about Let’s Do It World you can click here.
The Economer General’s Office, together with various members of the “Don Bosco Network” and the Missions Sector, along with the Don Bosco Green Alliance, organized an international Salesian conference on green, clean and renewable energy; its title: “Energy Forever”. Taking place 26-27 November, in Rome, the conference intends to adopt Sustainable Development Goal No. 7 on clean and accessible energy and, in light of “COP25” (25th United Nations Conference on climate change, scheduled in Madrid from 2 to 13 December), focussing on the definition of a common perspective on this issue and the adoption of concrete commitments.
In July 2019, Mr. Brex Alevaro from Eco Jesuit met Fr. Savio Silveira from Don Bosco Green Alliance at the Side event organised by the Alliance during the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) – 2019 in New York. It was a wonderful opportunity for both organizations to explore how they could collaborate through each other’s extensive networks and build wider participation amongst their stakeholders on climate action, integral ecology and sustainable development.
The two groups announced their partnerships in September 2019, by pledging their support to the global climate strikes. You can read more about it here.
On the 23rd of November 2019, the Don Bosco Green Alliance team met with the team from Eco Jesuit at the Annual South Asian Eco Jesuit meet. The team from Eco Jesuit comprised of Fr. Pedro Walpole, Fr. Lumnesh Swaroop Kumar, Mr. Brex Alevaro along with various representatives of the Jesuit Conference of South Asia.
Mr. Macson Almeida presented the Don Bosco Green Alliance during the meet and also discussed our common goals and future collaborations! We are hoping for a fruitful collaboration that benefits both the organizations and their stakeholders, and consequently, our common home!
The Don Bosco Green Alliance participated in the two-day International Conference on the fourth anniversary of Laudato Si’ at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. The conference was held on 15th and 16th July 2019. The conference was jointly organised by the Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa (CYNESA); World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Regional Office for Africa; the Holy See’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and the UN Environment’s Faith for Earth Initiative.
The gathering brought together about 360 participants from fifty countries including indigenous Catholic youth, representatives of other religious faiths, African environmental organisations and participants from different regions of the world. It was held under the theme, “Young People Caring for Our Common Home.”
Mr. Macson Almeida, Executive Secretary of the Don Bosco Green Alliance, was present as a youth representative for Asia on the opening youth panel at the conference.
The side event – Youth aspirations & Climate Urgency – took place on the 11th of July, 2019, at the Commonwealth Joint Office in New York. It was jointly organised by Don Bosco Green Alliance, Salesian Missions, Misean Cara and Don Bosco Network.
The event brought young people into a conversation about their hopes and aspirations in a world that is threatened by the adverse effects of climate change. It served as a platform for youngsters to discuss and explore how they are responding physically, emotionally and economically in a world that is facing temperature rise that will lead to extreme weather events with the potential to wreak havoc on their futures.
The panelists of young people addressed the need for climate action and building partnerships across geographies, ideologies, race, gender and beliefs by building youth resilience towards climate change, and to ensure that the voice and participation of the young inform decision making at all levels.
Around 80 participants of PDO’s and TVETS from close to 20 provinces from all over Latin America met from the 2nd-7th of June 2019 in Amatitán, Jalisco, Mexico for a capacity building workshop.
DBGA was also present to discuss with the different parties the importance of the integration of green aspects in projects for a sustainable development. A map of already existing activities for a green change in the region was elaborated and inputs from DBGA for a future implementation of green projects were given.
The exchange was very valuable and a clear message from the region towards the integration of ecological aspects in their development was made.
The Global Festival of Action was held from 2nd to 4th May 2019 at the World Conference Centre in Bonn, Germany. The event was organised by the United Nations SDG Action Campaign. It brought together activists, development experts, changemakers and creatives to catalyse action on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Don Bosco Green Alliance was represented by three organisations in at the festival. Br. John Ngigi Njuguna of Don Bosco Tech Africa, Anna Paul from Don Bosco Youth Network in Europe and Macson Almeida from Don Bosco Green Alliance.
The festival stressed the need for advocacy, citizen engagement, behaviour change and political will to drive action required to make the sustainable development goals a reality. It brought together over 1,500 participants from over 150 countries, ranging from activists to high-level representatives, offering a dynamic space where they can share different perspectives, test and accelerate new ideas, and build an environment where the SDGs become a priority for political engagement and democratic participation.
The Don Bosco Green Alliance, represented by Fr. Savio Silveira, SDB, and Mr. Macson Almeida attended a conference titled “Saving Our Common Home and the Future of Life on Earth”.
This conference was organized by the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development to celebrate the third anniversary of the publication of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Sì.
It was held over two days on 5-6 July at the Synod Hall in the Vatican, and it brought together about 400 delegates, which included environmental experts and activists, scientists, economists, politicians, representatives of various global networks, as well as high-ranking UN officials.