The environmental crisis we are presently facing is easily the biggest threat to the planet – to humans and to every species on this earth.
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.
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 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 CURRENTLY FOCUSING ON:
We are working closely with the UN BEAT POLLUTION campaign and are committed to:
Implementing proper and non-polluting systems of waste disposal in all member institutions
Ensuring that students opt for least polluting means of commute to school
educating families on ways of reducing pollution at home
REDUCING GLOBAL WARMING
We are also aligning with the global CLIMATE ACTION programme and are committed to:
Maximising the use of renewable energy in all member institutions.
Eliminating food waste in all member institutions.
Planting a million trees over the next five years.
Motivating families to reduce their carbon footprint.
ELIMINATING DISPOSABLE PLASTICS
We are in sync with the BEAT PLASTIC POLLUTION & CLEAN SEAS campaign and are committed to:
Banning the use of single-use disposable plastics in all our member institutions.
Ensuring that plastic waste does not enter water bodies in our neighbourhoods.
Encouraging families to stop using disposable plastics.