PRIORITY AREAS

Combatting Pollution

Pollution accounts for one in every six deaths worldwide, which makes it the largest killer of people around the globe, killing more people than war, famine, and disaster. Air pollution is the single biggest environmental health risk, causing roughly 7 million deaths annually. 4,000 children die every day from diseases caused by polluted water and inadequate sanitation.

People from all walks of life are affected by pollution as it does not discriminate against humans. Both the young and the elderly are the victims of this silent killer lurking around us. Children are the worst affected and exposure to harmful pollutants present in the environment from an early age can lead to lifelong health impacts.

Thus, it is a problem that has to be addressed by everybody, since it concerns each aspect of our daily lives. The Don Bosco Green Alliance has undertaken various initiatives to further action on combatting pollution. These include but are not limited to urging our members to participate and encourage tree plantation activities in their campuses, surroundings, and neighbourhood. Our members also support afforestation activities in remote locations by providing financial assistance to such programs.

Objectives

  • Implementing proper and non-polluting systems of waste disposal in all member institutions.
  • Ensuring that staff/students opt for least polluting means of commute to schools.
  • Capacity Building and education for combatting pollution.

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Reducing Global Warming

Climate change is now affecting every country on every continent. We are already experiencing the significant impacts of climate change, which include changing weather patterns, rising sea level, and more extreme weather events. The greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are driving climate change and continue to rise. They are now at their highest levels in history.

The threats due to climate change were succinctly listed in the Special Report (SR 1.5) released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in October 2018. It clearly states that the impacts of global warming at 1.5 Degree Celsius are far greater than anticipated. A rise in average global surface temperatures of 2 Degree Celsius will be catastrophic for poor and developing nations. As per this new report the world will experience greater sea level rise, increase in extreme weather events like floods and droughts, hotter days and heatwaves, more intense tropical cyclones and increased ocean acidification and salinity.

Clearly, the report suggests that our planet is facing some tough times ahead, unless we get our act together. Don Bosco Green Alliance realises the urgency of the matter and is committed to increasing climate action across all its members.

Objectives

  • To ensure the use of renewable energy and encourage energy efficiency in all member institutions
  • Reduce the amount of food waste generated in member institutions
  • Afforestation programs to promote long term establishment of carbon sinks
  • Reduction in Carbon Footprint of member institutions.

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Eliminating Disposable Plastics

 The menace of single-use or disposable plastics is today a major global concern. Single-use plastic items include plastic bags, straws, coffee stirrers, soda and water bottles and most food packaging. According to current statistics, globally we are now producing nearly 300 million tons of plastic every year, half of which is for single use. Not only does this end up as garbage on land, but about 8 million tonnes of plastics leak into the ocean annually, affecting both, marine life and human health.

The Don Bosco Green Alliance is advocating the ban on single-use plastics at all its member institutions. We aim to reduce the use of disposable materials in our daily activities and at all events, functions, and programs undertaken. We realise that single-use plastics also affect our ecosystems by polluting the natural environment. Microplastics wreak havoc on marine habitats and we are also raising awareness for action amongst our members on cleaning water bodies present in their neighbourhood.

Objectives

  • Awareness amongst member institutions on hazards of single-use plastics
  • Ban the use of single-use plastics in member institutions.
  • ​Protecting marine habitats and water bodies from plastic pollution

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